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History of the high five

It's a timeless gesture, but someone went up top first

Updated: April 12, 2013, 11:09 AM ET
By Jon Mooallem | ESPN The Magazine

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's August 8, 2011, issue. Subscribe today!

PART ONE: INVISIBLE MARKS THE COURT

WHEN I FIRST PHONED Lamont Sleets this spring, I knew only the following: He is a middle-aged man living in the small town of Eminence, Ky.; he played college basketball for Murray State University between 1979 and 1984; and he reportedly created one of the most contagious, transcendently ecstatic gestures in sports -- and maybe, for that matter, American ...

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