On this Day: Krazy George Leads First Crowd 'Wave'

Oct 15, 2008 | Posted by: findingDulcinea_KED | Full story: www.findingdulcinea.com

On Oct. 15, 1981, Krazy George Henderson led the first audience wave at an Oakland Athletics game.

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Stu

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Oct 15, 2008
 
It's time for a new cheer. The wave is played out, man.
Nell

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Oct 15, 2008
 
The wave always gets awkward at a certain point (fat man who can't fully wave; psycho fan who won't quit waving; cool kid who refuses to wave) which is what makes it so amazing.
Rupert

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Oct 15, 2008
 
I've always wondered how this originated... I wonder what people thought of this dude at the time.
Ursula B

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Oct 15, 2008
 
I'm so glad to find out who started that crazy thing. I mean, that krazy thing.
Mike

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Oct 15, 2008
 
I love the wave. It gives the crowd a real feeling of camaraderie. Haven't seen it much at the Met games.
Jude the Dude

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Oct 15, 2008
 
So Americana. It's better than raising the roof, though. And all folks can participate, even if they don't have rhythm
Nels Larson

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Oct 15, 2008
 
The wave interferes with my Cheese Whiz-laden nacho consumption.
Elly

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Oct 15, 2008
 
I never even thought about the wave's origins.
Mustaches Wild

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Oct 15, 2008
 
The first wave occurred in the Roman Colosseum circa 200 AD, and all record of it burned during the Visigoth sack of Rome. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Barmy George

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Oct 15, 2008
 
12 meters a second? The waves I start go twice that fast.
Colleen

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Oct 15, 2008
 
Ah, the Oakland A's. Those are some fun games to watch at the Oaktown Coliseum. Sadly, I never witnessed Krazy George and the wave. May his legend live on.
Cra-zee Edina

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Oct 15, 2008
 
Weller was "working on" the wave in the 1970s? Sounds like that Seinfeld episode where he claimed he invented the umbrella twirl.
isabel

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Oct 15, 2008
 
seriously demystifying. i always thought the wave was born of sheer enthusiasm. next you're going to tell me that the singing gang members in "west side story" have rehearsed their musical numbers...
Annie

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Oct 15, 2008
 
Is George his family name and Krazy his given first name - name a kid that and you have to expect them to do something like invent the wave.
Lindsey

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Oct 15, 2008
 
I can't believe there's actually an argument over who started it.
Louise

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Oct 15, 2008
 
I started it!!! I also invented the worm.
Madrid Steve

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Oct 28, 2009
 
Thanks for the specific info I needed to convince Spanish soccer fans that the Wave was NOT invented at the 1986 Mexico World Cup. They, like most folks in the soccer world, call it the Mexican wave ("la ola mejicana") because that's where they first became aware of it.
doo doo

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May 5, 2010
 
hi yall
Krazy George

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Nov 27, 2010
 
I am Krazy George and I did invent the Wave at the Oakland A's - NY Yankee Playoff Game on October 15, 1981. There is video of that game with Joe Gariagola announcing. That is 16 days BEFORE University of Washington claims it. Go to my website: www.krazygeorge.com for more information. Look for my book, STILL KRAZY AFTER ALL THESE CHEERS to come out next year to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the Wave - Oct. 15, 2011. I'm proud of my invention that has given fans joy for so long.
kelman66

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Dec 2, 2011
 
Krazy George claims to be the inventor of "the wave". He first used it as part of his cheerleading routine on October 15, 1981, while at a nationally televised Oakland Athletics American League Championship Series game against the New York Yankees. Krazy George states that the wave was originally inspired by accident when he was leading cheers at a National Hockey League game at the Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His routine was to have one side of the arena jump and cheer, then have the opposite side respond. One night in late 1980, there was a delayed response from one section of fans, leading to them jumping to their feet a few seconds later than the section beside them. The next section of fans followed suit, and the first wave circled the Northlands Coliseum of its own accord.[4] The A's/Yankees game combined a full stadium with an energetic crowd, the ideal situation for a wave. After a few false starts, the crowd understood what Krazy George was trying to accomplish, and the wave circled the Oakland Coliseum, followed by several others during the game.

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