Who invented the high-five?
This week is Holy Week for Christians, including Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday before celebrating Easter on Sunday, April 21. But mark your calendar for some lesser-known of this week's holidays, including High Five Day.
It's almost hard to imagine a sporting event without the high-five, but the gesture really hasn't been around that long. This Thursday, April 18, is High Five Day, a day to mark the most famous of all celebratory gestures.
But when and where did the high-five begin?
According to wonderopolis.org, two theories exist about its origins.
Some believe the high-five began Oct. 2, 1977, at Dodger Stadium between Glenn Burke and Dusty Baker. On the last day of the regular season, Baker hit a home run and made the Dodgers the first team in Major League Baseball history to have four players with more than 30 home runs in a season. When Baker circled the bases and came home, Burke was there to greet him with his hand in the air. Baker smacked Burke's hand.
However, others credit the University of Louisville Cardinals "Doctors of Dunk" with creating the gesture in 1978. Basketball players Wiley Brown and Derek Smith smacked hands as a variation of the low-five, which had been a popular hand gesture with African Americans following World War II. According to players, Brown was going to give Smith a regular low-five during practice when Smith looked at Brown and said, "No, up high."
Both versions are well-documented, so the true origin of the high-five might never be settled.
Other holidays this week
- Monday, April 15: Tax Day
- Tuesday, April 16: Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
- Wednesday, April 17: Cheeseball Day
- Thursday, April 18: Lineman Appreciation Day
- Friday, April 19: Garlic Day
- Saturday, April 20: Auctioneers Day
- Sunday, April 21: Kindergarten Day