Everyone is familiar with the High Five, but few know how it began. This clip, from ESPN’s The High Five, tells the amazing story of the moment and of the man who gave us the world famous gesture, Glenn Burke.
It all happened on the last weekend of the 1977 baseball season.
The high five is a celebratory hand gesture that occurs when two people simultaneously raise one hand each, about head-high, and push, slide, or slap the flat of their palm against the flat palm of the other person. The gesture is often preceded verbally by a phrase like “Give me five” or “High five.” -Wikipedia