The 40th Annversary of the HIGH-FIVE!
Competition and Celebration
Monday, October 2, 2017
The Good Will Social Club
Registration at 8pm / Competiton at 9pm
FREE TO COMPETE / FREE TO ATTEND!
PLUS: A special video tribute to Glenn Burke (gay sports pioneer/inventor of the high-five)!
Monday, October 2 marks the 40th anniversary of the invention of the high-five, and QPOC Winnipeg is celebrating with a high-five cometition at The Good Will Social Club!
On October 2, 1977, the first high-five occurred between Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodger Stadium. In the sixth inning, Dusty Baker hit a home run off Houston Astros pitcher J.R. Richard. It was Baker's 30th home run of the season – a wild, triumphant moment. Glenn Burke, waiting on deck, thrust his hand enthusiastically over his head to greet his friend at the plate. Baker, not knowing what to do, smacked it. "His hand was up in the air, and he was arching way back," says Baker, "So I reached up and hit his hand. It seemed like the thing to do." And thus, the high-five was born!
Burke, who was one of the first openly gay professional athletes, used the high-five with other gay residents of the Castro district of San Francisco, where for many it became a symbol of gay pride and identification.