High five


In case you missed this story, Reds manager Dusty Baker has been credited with being the first to demonstrate the “high five” in professional sports.  Here is an excerpt from the Seattle Times story:

“These are tumultuous times indeed for baseball celebrations, which seem to be getting more elaborate by the day. It was 1977 when Dusty Baker hit his 30th home run of the season and was greeted at the plate by Dodger teammate Glenn Burke with his arm upraised. The two slapped hands — the first known use of the “high five” in pro sports. From that humble beginning has evolved the low five, the forearm bash, the fist bump, the chest bump, and various other permutations of bodily contact in the name of celebration.”


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