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Singled Out

By: Andrew Maraniss
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
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"[An] excellent exercise in narrative nonfiction." (Booklist, starred review)

From New York Times best-selling author Andrew Maraniss comes the remarkable true story of Glenn Burke, a "hidden figure" in the history of sports: the inventor of the high five and the first openly gay MLB player. Perfect for fans of Steve Sheinkin and Daniel James Brown.

On October 2nd, 1977, Glenn Burke, outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, made history without even swinging a bat. When his teammate Dusty Baker hit a historic home run, Glenn enthusiastically congratulated him with the first ever high five. 

But Glenn also made history in another way - he was the first openly gay MLB player. While he did not come out publicly until after his playing days were over, Glenn's sexuality was known to his teammates, family, and friends. His MLB career would be cut short after only three years, but his legacy and impact on the athletic and LGBTQIA+ community would resonate for years to come. 

New York Times best-selling author Andrew Maraniss tells the story of Glenn Burke: from his childhood growing up in Oakland, his journey to the MLB and the World Series, the joy in discovering who he really was, to more difficult times: facing injury, addiction, and the AIDS epidemic.

Thoroughly researched and packed with never-before-seen details about Glenn's life, Singled Out is the fascinating story of a trailblazer in sports - and the history and culture that shaped the world around him.

©2021 Andrew Maraniss (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A School & Library Best Teen Nonfiction of 2021

A New York Public Library Best Book of 2021

Esquire's Top 100 Baseball Books Ever Written

YALSA Top 10 Best Audiobooks of 2022

ALA Rainbow List Selection for 2022

Featured in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, MLB Now, Slate, Vox, Outsports, ESPN's "The Undefeated" and more!

"Maraniss does an extraordinary job of recording this memorable life in black-and-white photographs and fluid, compelling writing that is both biography and de facto history of gay rights and the depredations of homophobia." (Booklist, starred review) 

"A compelling narrative.... This is a meticulously researched history of the ways queer culture in the ’70s intersected with baseball, Blackness, and larger culture wars, with one man at their center." (Kirkus Reviews)  

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