At 5:30 p.m. listen up right here to Cy Musiker’s interview with Ted Griggs, of Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, about Out. The Glenn Burke Story.

That’s a documentary that will be shown tonight at the Castro Theater in San Francisco and on the cable network. I listened to the full interview and it was pretty fascinating. Burke was a gay Major League Baseball player for the Dodgers and A’s who moved to the Castro after his playing days, eventually dying of AIDS-related complications. Griggs talked about Burke not trying to hide his sexuality to his teammates, about his wicked sense of humor, and about the homophobia he experienced at the hands of Oakland A’s manager Billy Martin.

Watch the film’s trailer:

Here’s a moving column by the Oakland Tribune’s Monte Pool about Burke, who was a baseball and basketball star at Berkeley High in the 1970s.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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