Glenn would have positively loved what will occur tomorrow at a press conference with Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and his saintly sister Lutha, his caregiver at the end of his life, at the All Star Game in Minneapolis. Glenn will be posthumously honored by Major League Baseball, which is joining other sports in creating an atmosphere of tolerance, making it easier for gay players to come out.
Over the last 19 years, I have been asked many times if I felt the day would ever come when an openly-gay baseball player could co-exist in the macho world of the major leagues. My standard answer has always been that it would depend on the manager of the club he played for, as they are the ones that set the tone in the clubhouse and on the ball field. But now with the changing landscape, I don't think that matters anymore. As baseball mirrors society, there are almost certainly players in the majors today that are gay. AIt is just a matter of time before a major leaguer comes out. In fact, I would be surprised if baseball doesn't have it's first publicly openly gay player by this time next year.
As Glenn's biographer, I can attest to the fact that he was a very nice person, despite some of the negative things people have said about him. And I fully believe he would have continued playing ball if the baseball establishment didn't come to realize he was gay and blackballed him from the game. But with that said, I look forward to the day when people won't care about anything about a ballplayer other than their character and how they perform on the playing field. Because frankly, the rest is none of my business.