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Getty Images/Mark Hundley/AP Going forward, Glenn Burke will forever be associated with Oakland’s Pride Night celebrations. Ever since universally retiring Jackie Robinson’s number 42 in 1997, Major League Baseball has stepped up its commitment to honoring trailblazing heroes from the game’s past. One of the most prominent ways it has done so has been designating official days to celebrate barrier breakers like Robinson and Roberto Clemente every year.
Thanks to the Oakland Athletics, one of the most important LGBTQ figures in baseball history is finally going to receive a similar honor.
On Friday, the A’s announced that going forward, their annual Pride Night celebrations would be known as Glenn Burke Pride Night.
Furthermore, the A’s revealed that in his memory, ten dollars from every ticket sold for their Pride Night game on June 11th would be donated to the Glenn Burke Wellness Clinic at the Oakland LGBTQ Center.
Everyone in the A’s organization deserves a high five . So does Oakland fan Sterling Hardaway, whose Change.org petition last fall to encourage the A’s to celebrate Glenn Burke Day every season has become reality. We are proud to honor and celebrate the legacy of Glenn Burke, the first openly gay player in MLB and […]