Today's the day we celebrate the "high five". Who hasn't celebrated a graduation, a strike at the bowling alley, a big buck or an easy birth with a high five? Today's the day to high five until your palms can take no more.

But where did the high five come from? Who were the first two people to celebrate something with the upraised hands? Actually, we do know who it was and where it happened. And we have a photo of the historic moment.

The first high five occurred on October 2nd, 1977, on the field at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. It occurred after Los Angeles Dodger Dusty Baker homered in the 6th inning, for his 30th home run of the season. Waiting at home plate, with an upraised hand, was rookie Glenn Burke. Dusty really didn't know what to do about that, so he just slapped Glenn's hand. And the high five was born.

There's actually a short film all about that moment and the players involved. And some history about high fives that you might not be aware of.

You can check it out here:

The High Five from Strike Anywhere on Vimeo.

 

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