Maraniss, Andrew

Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke

(3) YA Burke was baseball's first openly gay athlete--but he didn't come out publicly until after homophobia had ended his fledgling major league career. Maraniss follows the African American athlete's rise and fall from his Berkeley, California, childhood; to playing in the minor leagues and for the LA Dodgers; to drug addiction, homelessness, and HIV/AIDS. Sports writer Maraniss's compelling narrative weaves together sports action, social history, and first-person reflections for a rich biography of a talented yet troubled figure who was forced to lead a double life to chase his dreams. The extensive back matter includes a list of interviewees, bibliography, stats, "U.S. Gay Rights Timeline," an annotated list of other "significant Black American LGBTQ figures," and an unseen index.


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