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Jamie Lee Curtis To Produce Story Of First Gay Baseball Player Glenn Burke


Perhaps to capitalize on all the attention surrounding Jason Collins and Michael Sam being the first out athletes in their respective fields, Jamie Lee Curtis is teaming up with The Laramie Project producer Ross Katz to tell the story of Glenn Burke, the first MLB player to come out as gay.

Katz will write and Curtis’ Juma Entertainment will produce Out At Home: The Glenn Burke Story, which will be based on the 1995 memoir of the same name written by Burke and Erik Sherman. Burke played for both the L.A. Dodgers and the Oakland A’s in the 1970s, and was by all accounts an outsized presence both on and off the field.

In a move unheard of in the era, Burke was out to both teammates and management while he played in the MLB in the late ’70s. Burke retired in 1979 and then came out in an interview with Bryant Gumbel on the Today show in 1982, becoming the first baseball player to do so.

Curtis seems thrilled to be taking on the project and introducing a new generation to Burke’s struggle:

“With Michael Sam’s brave and bold statement, he joins the trifecta of American sports — Glenn Burke, MLB; Jason Collins, NBA; Michael Sam, NFL — dealing with gay athletes, and forcing open the door permanently. Our film will clearly honor the force and the struggle to get there.”

No home for the project has been announced yet, but given Katz’s long history with HBO Films (home of The Laramie Project and another Katz movie Taking Chance), that network seems like a likely candidate.

As for casting, of course nothing has been mentioned yet, but could we suggest Michael B. Jordan? We’d love to see him play gay, and after Fruitvale Station he’s definitely got the chops to knock it out of the park.

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  • balehead

    Damm …I thought she was coming out finally…..

  • boring

    @balehead: Married to Christopher Guest. Also: has the mouth of a sailor.

  • jerry_pritikin

    I first met Glenn when he played for the Dodgers. I was a reporter/photographer for a S.F. gay newspaper and went to a practice for a charity basketball game between the S.F. firemen and gay Athletes during the off season. He asked me not to take any photos and I respected his wishers.We became friends. Glenn had the misfortune to play for 2 very homophobic managers. The real reason he was traded from the Dodgers to the Oakland A’s was because he was dating manager Tommy Lasorta’s son. He had 2 stints with the A’s,and the last he was introduced to players by manager Billy Martin at spring training “This is Glenn Burke,by the way he is a fagot!

    Once he retired from MLB, he became well known in the Castro. He played in the Gay Softball League and participated in the first Gay Games. He had a terrible auto accident and became addicted to pain killers. He then started to hang with the wrong crowd and came down with AIDS. He died in 1995… I attended his funeral.

    There is a great documentary called OUT,the Glenn Burke Story. I recommend it to all jocks,gay or straight.

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