That man was Glenn Burke. The first gay major league baseball player.
Burke was an accomplished high school basketball star, and received offers to be a professional basketball player, but his first offer came from Major League Baseball. An offer he couldn’t refuse.
Touted as the next Willie Mays due to his uncanny athleticism and grace on the baseball field, Burke was a top prospect in the Dodgers minor league system before being called up to the major league club.