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Has everyone forgotten about the late Glenn Burke, the Dodgers and A's outfielder in the 1970s? While he made no public announcements about his homosexuality during his playing days, he did acknowledge it to his teammates. In his 1995 autobiography, Out at Home: The Glenn Burke Story, Burke said that openness about his sexuality was not only the reason Los Angeles traded him to Oakland in '78, but it also caused him to be run out of baseball after only four seasons.
Mike Sciotto, Orlando
While I applaud Collins for coming out, it should also be noted that professional bowler Scott Norton has been openly gay since 2011. When he won the PBA Chameleon Championship in Las Vegas last November, he kissed and embraced his spouse on television, just as a heterosexual athlete would after a victory.
Robert Casey, Flanders, N.J.
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