The Amazing Story Behind The First 'High Five' Photo


April 20th was the "World High Five Day." We've gathered the story behind one of the most common gestures for you.

Many people don't know the story behind high fives, although they've given high fives many times.

There are many theories about the roots of this gesture, but the most accepted one is from the year 1977.

It comes from the baseball match between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros...

It was the final game of the season. Dodgers outfielder Dusty Baker had his 30th home run of that season.

This hit carried the Dodgers to the position of the first team to have 30 home runs for four of its players in the history of the MLB.

Baker's novice teammate, Glenn Burke, was waiting for him at the back. When Baker completed his home run, Burke raised his hand with the excitement of victory.

According to the legend, Glenn too raised his hands, and Dusty, not knowing what to do, smacked it.

Hand shakings were popular in the 1920's, but there was something different in Burke and Baker's style. Their style attracted the attention of the public immediately.

The chairman of the Dodgers said, "It was the moment's energy, it was like a emotion burst."

This historical moment was so different from Dusty Baker's perspective. For him, he didn't think that he invented something new, his joy and pride was coming out.

From that day on, the Dodgers used the "high five" as a symbol of team pride. They repeated the move in the following seasons.

The media and their fans were bursting with excitement every time.

The 'high five' salutation of the team was advertised during the 80's.

However, Burke's experience with the Dodgers ended early. Burke was a homosexual and didn't need to hide his sexual orientation.

In 1978 he was transferred to the Oakland Athletics, although he was one of the most important players of the team. Some of Burke's friend still claim that his transfer was because of his sexual orientation.

Burke has become a great icon for the gay community in the Bay Area, and brought his high five with him.

In the Castro district of San Fransisco, high fives became an important symbol of gay pride.

Burke played in Oakland for a short time. At the end of five seasons he dropped from the major league. He died distressfully at 42 from complications due to AIDS in 1995.

However, even after 40 years of his invention, his gesture is still the universal symbol of celebrations. 🙌
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