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.

Glenn Burke Documentary Tells Tale of Gay Major Leaguer 10 November,2010Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. In 2014, he won a California Journalism Award for his coverage of ride services like Uber and Lyft and the taxi industry. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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