Bringing Back the High-Five

July 26th, 2006

Lets bring back the high-five. I don’t know the definitive origins of the high-five, but if the internet is to be believed, the high-five can be traced back to Lamont Sleets Jr, a college basketball player in the late ’70s. Legend has it, Sleets Jr picked-up the hi-five from his father, Lamont Sleets Sr, a Vietnam vet who used a more primitive version with fellow soldiers in the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry regiment during their sojourn in The Shit. It should be noted that others on the internet point to Glenn Burke, a player for the Dodgers, as the one who invented the high-five in 1977. Glenn Burke is a fascinating individual – a rags to riches back to rags kind of guy – but his story doesn’t have as much corroborating evidence as Sleets.

The Origin of the High-Five
http://www.nationalhighfiveday.com

National High-Five Day
http://www.nationalhighfiveday.com

Glenn Burke
http://www.outsports.com

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Megan  |  July 26th, 2006 at 12:13 pm

    I think I’m leaning toward the Sleets origin. I’m down with bringing back the high five. I will do it. :)

  • 2. Tim  |  July 28th, 2006 at 10:16 am

    slap me some skinnnn!!!
    April 19th is a recurring item on my outlook calendar now.

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