Glenn Burke, Game Changer: The Story of the Man Who Invented the High Five

By Phil Bildner
Illustrators Illustrated by Daniel J. O'Brien Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher Macmillan Imprint Farrar, Straus & Giroux ISBN


Glenn Burke, Game Changer: The Story of the Man Who Invented the High Five

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Discrimination: Sexuality,Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion

An inspiring picture book biography about Los Angeles Dodger Glenn Burke, the first professional baseball player to come out as gay, and the story of how he created the high five.

As a rookie baseball player on the Los Angeles Dodgers, Glenn Burke could do it all—hit, throw, catch, score. As a teammate, he was the heart of the clubhouse; he made fellow players laugh and energized them with his enthusiasm. In fact, his habit of congratulating his teammates led Burke to invent the high five—a spontaneous overhand slap that has evolved into an international gesture of connection, unity, and support.

But despite creating such a joyful symbol, Burke wasn’t always given support in return. As a Black gay man, he faced prejudice and obstacles almost everywhere he went, putting his career at stake and making his everyday life difficult. Glenn Burke, Game Changer recognizes this hardship while celebrating how Glenn’s bravery and his now-famous handshake paved the way for others to live openly, truly, and freely.

Author's note. Selected bibliography. Time line. Full-color illustrations.
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