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Jamie Lee Curtis is making a Glenn Burke movie

Jun 10, 2014, 5:06 PM EST

Glenn Burke

Glen Burke is often credited with being the first openly gay major league baseball player. It probably depends on your definition of “openly,” as he did not make his sexual orientation known to the public until after he retired, though he was out to many of his teammates with the Dodgers and the A’s. I guess how you characterize it all depends on how much stock you put on someone being out “in the locker room,” literally speaking.

At any rate, Burke wrote a book about his life before he died in 1995 and a documentary as made about him and aired in 2011. Now, a Hollywood star is trying to get a feature film made:

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is making progress on her project of producing a film version of the life of the first openly gay baseball player, Glenn Burke, reports Deadline. Laramie Project producer Ross Katz just signed on to write the film, which the Halloween star has been endeavoring to develop for some time. Titled Out at Home: The Glenn Burke Story, the picture is based on the memoir of the same name, written by Burke with Erik Sherman; the book came out in 1995, the same year Burke died of AIDS complications.

Also: Burke is often credited with inventing the high five, so whoever they cast has to be able to do that.

(thanks to historiophiliac for the heads up)

  1. asimonetti88 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Over/under 5 comments till someone says something stupid about Burke being gay.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      It looks like you were literally the first to write “something stupid about Burke being gay”.

    • Hard On For Harden - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      If you bet it would only take one comment for someone to grossly exaggerate the impact of anti-homosexuals to appear smart and holier than thou, collect your winnings.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        “grossly exaggerate the impact of anti-homosexuals”

        You must be new to the HBT comment section.

  2. thetxhammer - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    No one cares, move along people.

  3. mybrunoblog - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Burke was born 40 years early. If he were playing today and “came out” he be hailed by the media as a “courageous modern day Jackie Robinson”. They’d go on to say that Burke is having a “dramatic impact” on our society and how he’s had to overcome “incredible obstacles”. Meanwhile, here in reality, most of us don’t give a crap about who some guy does in his private life. Gay? Straight? We don’t care. Can you play baseball? Now that’s important.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      most of us don’t give a crap about who some guy does in his private life.

      Except lots of people do. Like the ones in states like TX that are still pushing “conversion therapy” even though other states like CA and NJ have banned the practice (only for minors, unfortunately). It’s why states keep trying to push anti-gay marriage amendments. It’s like how no one cared when Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend on TV after being drafted. It’s why it took a f’ing Supreme Court ruling to overturn anti-sodomy laws (Lawrence v Texas).

      Because, no one cares…

      • rpearlston - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        Just because some states voters are idiots doesn’t mean that every person in any given state is a fool, too, And it’s the idiots whom we must ignore.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Just because some states voters are idiots doesn’t mean that every person in any given state is a fool, too,

        AL, NV, MO, MS, CO, TN and AZ = all ban same sex marriage
        NE, GA, KY, LA, ND, OH, KS, AL, SC, SD, FL, NC = all ban same sex marriage and civil unions
        CA, OR, UT, OK, VA, TX, MI, AR, ID, WI = all have had bans either overturned or currently pending appeal

        29/50 states either have it banned or did. Don’t tell me “most don’t care” when over half the states have/had bans on gay marriage.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        For the record we do have one legally married same-sex couple in Oklahoma, courtesy of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribe. I love that it drives the state leadership BONKERS! and they can’t do a thing about it.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Really? Because Tommy Lasorda all but blamed Burke for Tommy Jr being gay. And I believe that cost Burke his chance to be a regular with the Dodgers.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        Is this true? Ugh, Lasorda comes off worse and worse every day.

      • clydeserra - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        @[citation needed]

        its true that Tommy Sr. hated Burke because he was gay and hanging out with Tommy Jr. It definitely caused Tommy to actively want to trade Burke.

        He may have not gotten a true chance to play because of his sexuality., but I don’t think TOmmy Sr. blamed Glen Burke for Tommy Jr. being gay, because I believe that to this day, Tommy Sr. doesn’t acknowledge Tommy Jr.’s sexuality. I haven’t paid much attention recently, but that was true as of the middle 2000s.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Indeed, no one cares about the significant others of star athletes, which is why there are websites dedicated to showing photos of the prettiest straight couples.
      One could easily argue that an athlete’s performance should be what we all focus on, but lots of us like to look when pretty straight athletes are romantically linked with other pretty people.
      I’m guessing we hear “we don’t care” mostly from folks who are not yet comfortable with the new normal of our culture heading toward complete acceptance of homosexuality. And some never will be, just as some still can’t handle racial equality or equality for women. We’ll just have to keep dragging them along and hope they don’t make too much of a mess of things.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        Indeed, no one cares about the significant others of star athletes, which is why there are websites dedicated to showing photos of the prettiest straight couples.

        Yuuuup. I wonder how many hypocrites who used the “no one cares” comment vis a vis Sam and his bf would have loved to have seen more pictures of Blake Bortles gf?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        Or commented about Kate Upton on that Verlander story…

  4. largebill - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Every attempt to portray Babe Ruth in the movies has been awful. Now, watch Hollywood make a top quality flick about a guy who batted .237 and hit 2 homers.

  5. beefytrout - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    who would play the role?

    • rpearlston - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Anyone with a conscience.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      Anthony Mackie is a possibility, if he can master the baseball stuff convincingly.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        Great choice, one of our finest young actors. If he can’t handle the baseball part though, Michael B. Jordan is your guy. He can handle the baseball and the vulnerability.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      I’m guessing it will not be Eddie Murphy.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    This is completely outrageous.

    She may allegedly have the equipment to play him but I don’t want to see her in blackface.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      This makes me completely reimagine Freaky Friday. I’m going to watch it for subliminal pro-Dodgers messages now.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        I think Lindsay Lohan and Darryl Strawberry can be found in each other’s contact lists.

    • 9timd9 - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Classic

  7. adventuresinfresno - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Glenn Burke. Not Glen.

  8. yahmule - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    It will be very interesting to see how Tommy Lasorda and Tommy Jr are portrayed. If they whitewash that aspect of the story, there’s really no point in making the film.

  9. yankeessuckameanone - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Why is it courageous for people to support gay marriage but people who oppose it are homophobic assholes?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      I wouldn’t use that terminology but I do have serious concerns about the decency of people opposing equality of rights under the law for some of our fellow citizens.

    • cur'68 - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Because the former stance might get you persecuted, beaten, killed etc. Laws are passed against treating people equally and demanding change of those laws have consequences. The latter? By and large they can say whatever they want, even though it will never really affect them in any way whatsoever, and enable the mistreatment of a whole group of people and those who support their equal treatment.

      Thus it IS courageous for people to support gay marriage.

      And those who oppose it ARE homophobic assholes.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      Why is it courageous for people to support gay marriage but people who oppose it are homophobic assholes?

      Because it’s the reason why they choose to oppose it. Is it religious? Well then you are a giant hypocrite. See this short clip as to why:

      And um, not really sure what other reason there’d be to oppose it.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        That remains one of my very favorite scenes on any TV show I’ve ever seen.

      • unlost1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        You nicely try to trap people using methods clearly set aside for the Jewish culture. But why did Jesus say a man should be united with his wife and not a same sex partner?

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      I don’t know why it’s “courageous” to support anything.

      But being a homophobic asshole is what makes one a homophobic asshole.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        His handle makes the question ironic, doesn’t it?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        No, wait, not ironic — totally expected.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      I will actually give you an example as an effort to get you to understand.

      It’s the difference between saying “I don’t want to go to church. But you guys who like church should go ahead and enjoy it. It’s just not my thin” and saying “I DON’T LIKE CHURCH! BAN CHURCH!”

      One of those makes you a tolerant human being. The other makes you an asshole.

      Can you see which side those who “oppose gay marriage” are on?

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        I always liked:

        I never understand people getting mad at someone getting “gay married’. It doesn’t affect you in the slightest.

        It’s like getting mad at someone for eating a chocolate donut for ruining your diet…

    • blabidibla - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Good question. Why are they homophobic assholes?

      • zemongoose - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        I’m guessing because they assholes who fear gay people.

  10. gbart22 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    As a gay male who has had homophobic remarks made to me on these very boards where I comment almost daily I can say that last point made by the previous commenter with the comparisons about church is dead on and maybe one of the simplest ways to explain the issue of intolerance.

  11. gbart22 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Also for the people who insist no one cares who celebrities date or celebrity athletes date I implore you to look down to the Olympic talk and see the engagement talk about some athletes. Also in our culture of caring about who everyone is sleeping with every single celebrity is scrutinized for who they bed lindsay, arod when he dated celebs, jeters gifts to his one night stands, verlanders girlfriend, tiger and his ex his mistresses and current love, mccelroy(sp) in golf these are just a few recent examples at the top of my head but I could go on. People shouldn’t care but unfortunately they do and it generates readers and hit counts.

  12. yankeessuckameanone - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:05 AM

    Wow, I remember when phobia was actually used to describe a fear of something. Not a smear to belittle people who may be against something. You all use these attacks to make yourself look superior to others you don’t agree with. You are the same ones who call people racist who don’t like Obama. So I guess you’re racist for not liking Bush? Of course you aren’t. Because those attacks are childish and take away from the actual point. Just because people don’t like something, doesn’t mean they hate it. And just because you think you’re tolerant, doesn’t me you actually are.

    • yahmule - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:31 AM

      Homophobe is kind of a silly word for people who dislike homosexuals. Asshole is much more succinct.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:47 AM

      Are you going to explain/back up any of your arguments, or just keep making idiotic statements > get called out on them > and then just make more?

      And just because you think you’re tolerant, doesn’t me you actually are.

      Why should we tolerate intolerance?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      Your “logic” has been unsuccessfully used by every brand of bigot throughout history. I don’t call you any kind of “phobe.” Your attitude and behavior is bigoted, plain and simple. The fact that you are a bigot is sad. The fact that you are actually proud of your bigotry is pathetic.

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