Monday, September 17, 2012

Gimme FIVE......Eh!

The "HIGH FIVE" is a celebratory hand gesture that occurs when two people simultaneously raise one hand, about head high, and push, slide or slap the flat of their palm and hand against the palm and flat hand of their partner. The gesture is often preceded verbally by the phrase - "Give Me Five" or High Five". There are many stories of origin of the high five, however, the one best documented is Dusty Baker and Glen Burke of the Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Team on October 2, 1977.
"It was the last day of the regular season, and Dodgers leftfielder Dusty Baker had just gone deep off the Astros - J.R. Richard. It was Baker's 30th home run, making the Dodgers the first team in history to have four sluggers - Baker, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey and Reggie Smith - with at least 30 homers each. It was a wild, triumphant moment and a good omen as the Dodgers headed to the playoffs. Burke, waiting on deck, thrust his hand enthusiastically over his head to greet his friend at the plate - Baker; not knowing how to react, smacked it. "His hand was up in the air, and he was arching way back," said Baker - SO, I reached up and hit his hand - it seemed like the thing to do"......and, the HIGH FIVE was born.
The use of the phrase as a noun has been part of the Oxford English Dictionary since 1980 and as a verb since 1981. The gesture takes its name from the "five" fingers and the raising of the hand "high". This is opposed to the "low" five which has been a part of the African-American culture since at least World War II. Magic Johnson once suggested that he invented the high five at Michigan State. Then there are others that have suggested it originated in the women's volleyball circuit of the 1960's.
From that humble "High Five" beginning,  has evolved the low five, the forearm bash, the first bump, the chest bump, and various other permutations of bodily contact in the name of celebration. From my humble self to all of you "High Five n it's all good, Eh".
Saucy "N" Jack



Gail said...

You have such interesting tales.

Right back atcha!

DJan said...

Oh, cool! However it came about, we have all done it at least once, it seems. Very interesting history lessons, Saucy. Thanks! :-)

Red said...

What a neat post! So the high five has a very interesting history.

Red Nomad OZ said...

Hahaha! That's great - I never knew where it came from. BUT ... are you & Jack the first human/animal combo to try it?!?!?!

Genie said...

Well, you taught my husband something tonight...Mr. Baseball himself. I loved this post. You get the award for the week...let's say the month. At school the kids do it all the one ever shakes hands is the High Five. Thanks for all the research you shared with us. genie

Genie said...

I had to write you again. Am back at work today and every time I see the kids High Five n the hall I think of YOU!!!! This is crazy. You have permanently etched yourself into my head! genie

Buttons said...

Wow I had no idea the history of this gesture. Very interesting. B

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Interesting to read how this salute originated. Thanks for the info and photos.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

My dear friend, you warmed my heart with your comment. Thank you and I will do all of it. Keeping in touch with my great grands is a priority in my life.

The very best high five was between you and Jack, without a doubt.

It was an emotional visit.
Much love to you,