My first MLB experience was at a Detroit Tigers game in (I think) 1986. The fans chanted what sounded like “boooo!” at the hometown second baseman, Lou Whitaker, when he was up to bat. I was, of course, perplexed. Why would they boo their own guy?!? My dad explained they were saying “Louuuuu!” and I remember thinking that was actually pretty cool.
Now a days this “they’re not saying boo, they’re saying ___” thing happens in almost all sports with any player whose name features an “ooh” sound.
So, was Lou Whitaker the first? Does anyone remember hearing it before the mid-80’s?