The High Five, an Out Baseball Player, History of Homosexuality

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    Aug 01, 2014 3:37 AM GMT
    The high five

    In 1977, Burke ran onto the field to congratulate his Dodgers teammate Dusty Baker after Baker hit his 30th home run in the last game of the regular season. Burke raised his hand over his head as Baker jogged home from third base. Not knowing what to do about the upraised hand, Baker slapped it. They have been credited with inventing the high five. After retiring from baseball, Burke used the high five with other homosexual residents of the Castro district of San Francisco, where it became a symbol of gay pride and identification.

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    Aug 01, 2014 1:26 PM GMT
    Burke had a very tragic life: drugs, homelessness and death from AIDS. There is a bio out there and I am trying to get a copy of it (if you guys don't know about PaperbackSwap.com, check it out, free book exchange).
  • RSportsguy

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    Aug 02, 2014 12:26 PM GMT
    His life spiraled out of control when the Dodgers traded him to the Oakland A's! Rumors had it that the Dodgers traded him because they knew he was gay and he was involved with manager Tommy LaSorda's son. Tommy LaSorda to this day denies that his son was gay even though he died from AIDS related pneumonia in the early 90's at the age of 33. Sad story! icon_cry.gif
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Aug 02, 2014 2:17 PM GMT
    It's time we start celebrating historical moments of bravery in the gay community with more vigor and professionalism.

    This ESPN Film is brilliant in breaking down the crazy homophobic beliefs that openly gay sports figures will ruin the locker room or sport teams.

    Bravo ESPN and NPR for highlighting this story.
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    Aug 03, 2014 9:59 PM GMT
    wesbjack saidBurke had a very tragic life: drugs, homelessness and death from AIDS. There is a bio out there and I am trying to get a copy of it (if you guys don't know about PaperbackSwap.com, check it out, free book exchange).


    That's really sad. I can imagine he also lost favor with his family after revealing or hiding sexuality which may have removed any form of support in his after his career ended. icon_sad.gif
  • sportsjockla

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    Aug 04, 2014 11:11 PM GMT
    RSportsguy saidHis life spiraled out of control when the Dodgers traded him to the Oakland A's! Rumors had it that the Dodgers traded him because they knew he was gay and he was involved with manager Tommy LaSorda's son. Tommy LaSorda to this day denies that his son was gay even though he died from AIDS related pneumonia in the early 90's at the age of 33. Sad story! icon_cry.gif


    I forgot about that! LaSorda's son being gay. Also Bill Russell was gay and heard rumors about Mike Piazza.
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    Aug 06, 2014 12:00 AM GMT
    sportsjockla said
    RSportsguy saidHis life spiraled out of control when the Dodgers traded him to the Oakland A's! Rumors had it that the Dodgers traded him because they knew he was gay and he was involved with manager Tommy LaSorda's son. Tommy LaSorda to this day denies that his son was gay even though he died from AIDS related pneumonia in the early 90's at the age of 33. Sad story! icon_cry.gif


    I forgot about that! LaSorda's son being gay. Also Bill Russell was gay and heard rumors about Mike Piazza.


    Bill Russell is gay? The former Dodgers shortstop and (briefly) their manager?? Back in the day when he was a Dodgers rookie, Bill Russell was serious get-out-your-Sports-Illustrated-and-fap-fap-fap material......
  • Svnw688

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    Sep 10, 2014 6:03 PM GMT
    That's cool information.

    I don't mean to take anything from it, but I would say Mr. Burke did not "invent" the high five. Toddlers and monkeys (I am in no way trying to make some racist reference to Mr. Burke's ethnicity or race) "high-five." It's a natural hand communication between people that's intuitive and takes no prompt to spontaneously do. That this is the first time the hand gesture had a phase "coined" that stuck is awesome.

    It's like "ratting" or "coiffing" one's hair. The women from the 60s can think they invented the beehive hairstyle, but monkeys do the same thing intuitively. They "invented" the term, not the instinctive and intuitive action. And the French didn't "invent" "French Kissing," it's just the first time a coined term for the action stuck. French kissing is no more French in origin than high fiving is Burke/LGBT in origin.