This new ESPN 30 for 30 Short explores the origins and nuances of the high five, bringing to life the unique legacy of the gesture and the story of one of its unsung originators. “The High Five,” directed by Michael Jacobs of Strike Anywhere, tells the story of Glenn Burke and his origins as a baseball prodigy, his time in the majors and the spontaneous "invention" of the gesture. Trailer below. Watch the full film here.
"When Dusty Baker hit his 30th home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977, the first man to greet him at home plate was his friend and teammate, rookie Glenn Burke. Overcome with happiness, Burke did the first thing that came to mind — he put his hand straight in the air and had Baker slap it. Welcome to the birth of the high five."