|Sarasota Herald, August 2, 1935|
Sounds plausible. I looked at the baseball-reference.com listing for Mr. Slade. Yep, he attended the University of Oregon. Must be legit.
Then I wondered why the U. of Oregon would have such a war cry. I'm not well versed on Indian tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Maybe there's an Oskie-something-or-other tribe up there. I looked at the Library of Congress American Memory site and found this image of Tsulniti, a Koskimo Indian.
|from: Northwestern University Library,|
Edward S. Curtis's 'The North American Indian': the Photographic Images, 2001.
Koskimo... Oski. Close, but not real proof.
I turned to the 1906 World Almanac and Book of Facts. Page 342 has several American College Cheers.
The University of Washington yell was: "Oskey, Wow, Wow! Wiskey, Wee, Wee! Holy Varseti! Washingtonei! Washington!"
The University of California yell was: "Oski! Wow! Wow! Wiskee! Wee! Wee! Oleo-muckey-ei! Oley-Berkeley-ei! Cali-forn-ia! Wow!!"
The University of Oregon yell was: "Rah Rah Rah! Rah Rah Rah! Rah Rah Oregon!"
Gripping, but no "Oskie Wow Wow, etc."
|1935 Diamond Matchbook, Gordon Slade|
(image lifted from this ebay auction)
I still don't know how he really got his nickname.