What is the origin of "Oskie wee wee..."

Will someone tell me what is the origin of the "Oskie wee wee..." cheer? When was it first used and who wrote it? Any significance to the words? Also, what is the right spelling?

I hope you do not think these questions a nuisance. I'd really like to know. Thanks for the history lesson!


Oh yeah...going to the game this Friday night against Calgary. I was so disappointed that I had to work the day of the Labor Day Classic and I had to miss the game against the Argos because of a social commitment that I had made ages ago. It would have been rude to have not shown up. I kept tabs on the game by discreetly phoning my wife periodically asking for the score and anything else she could pass on to me. Gee it has tough not seeing that game!

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It was started and created by Vince Wirtz, the original Pigskin Pete, in the 1920's and was chanted at the games of the Hamilton Tigers hockey team. The original chant was:

Oskee Wee Wee
Whiskey Wa Wa
Holy Mackinaw
Tigers....Eat 'Em Raw

Somewhere along the line "Whiskey" was changed to "Oskee" in the second verse.

but there are allegations we stole it as well, if you Wikipedia it there is a tone of info.

mightypope, a slight correction.

The original went like this...

Holy mackinaw'
Tigers, eat 'em raw!

You and I both chanted this MANY years ago. Funny how questions about it keep coming up.
I'd still like to know who eliminated the reference to Whiskey.......and got away with it.

Yes looks like we stole it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oski_Yell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJGwjmdiAgk

I think next retro game us fans should do the original Oskie wee wee

I'm not sure how accurate that is, even the wiki page seemed somewhat uncertain to the actual origins. The one story I heard was that it was transplanted from New Zealand from a rugby team there (also named Tigers) with the Whiskey line. It's also possible that all the cheers have a common point with some unknown cheer (perhaps a drinking song) that has the familliar cadence, if not the actual words.

I prefer to say... "We adopted it"!

That makes sense it being adapted from New Zealand. It does sound a bit like the Maori haka (war dance/chant ) used here in NZ by most sports before a game of significance. Not as intimidating, thats for sure.

Here's two samples of the Haka being used against Canada in Rugby, and in Baseball.

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Yes it was started by Vince Wirtz and then carried on by his son Bill. I worked with Bill at Dofasco.
The Ti Cat organisation owes the Wirtz family a huge apoligie for the way the former "regime" treated Bill. Something to do with wanting Bill to pay for something..maybe even admition to games.
I'm sure things would have been better had B Young been at the helm at that time. Vince and Bill led our cheers in a more respectfull even classy way than this new guy. But I guess times change.
I wonder where the original coon skin coat went ? ( and I'm pretty sure old Bill could tell you where the whiskey went ) !! LMAO He truly was a great guy.