Glenn Burke Offered Bonus To Get Married
If you think the sports world has a homophobic climate today, you can imagine what it was like back in the mid-'70s. Glenn Burke was a gay outfielder who played for the Dodgers and A's and was open about his orientation with his teammates and the team owner.
According to Burke, his openness caused then Dodger GM Al Campanis to offer to pay for his honeymoon if Burke got married. The outfielder refused and caused a stir by being linked to manager Tommy Lasorda's estranged gay son, Tommy Lasorda, Jr. Burke was later traded to the Oakland A's and manager Billy Martin called him a "faggot." His treatment in the clubhouse was a factor in his early retirement at age 27, and he would die of AIDS complications at the age of 42.