It Is Designed To Break Your Heart

The Superstar in the Making Outed, Blackballed and Forgotten by Baseball

Spencer Thompson
May 18 · 25 min read

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart.


Glenn Burke smiles as his name, number and position appear on a chyron at the bottom of the screen before WS Game 1.
Glenn Burke smiles as his name, number and position appear on a chyron at the bottom of the screen before WS Game 1.
“The young defensive wiz in center field, Glenn Burke” Howard Cosell introduced Burke with the Dodger lineup before Game 1 of the 1977 World Series. Burke batted 7th between pal Dusty Baker and Steve Yeager.


The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings,


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Oakland Tribune
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Argus 27 June 1970
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Oakland Tribune 20 January 1972
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Oakland Tribune 24 February 1972
Steve Garvey is called out despite appearing safe on Burke’s hit on the sixth.

and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall all alone.



You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive,


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and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.


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