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VIDEO: San Jose’s Krazy George & ‘The Wave’

Long-time locals will remember ‘Krazy George’ Henderson as the infamous cheerleader for the San Jose Earthquakes. His cheer career started when he was a student at San Jose State University in 1968. That led to free gigs at local sporting events where he became known for leading sectional cheers with his hand drum. There was no mistaking that gravelly voice and enthusiasm! In 1975, George while working as a teacher at Buchser High School in Santa Clara, both the San Jose Earthquakes and the California Golden Seals hired him to be a cheerleader. That same year, the Kansas City Chiefs hired him to cheer for one game.

His claim to fame and big break came on October 15, 1981, while cheering at a nationally televised baseball game as the Oakland A’s played the NY Yankees. While trying to get one section of Oakland Stadium to stand up and cheer then have the opposite side respond , he “accidentally” invented “The Wave”.  Sixteen days later on Halloween at the University of Washington in Seattle, former UW cheerleader Robb Weller, back for a game as guest yell leader, led fans in a Wave at Husky Stadium during the school’s 42-31 victory over Stanford. Weller claims he invented The Wave.  Weller and George still disagree, but it appears the evidence leans in Krazy George’s favor.  Decide for yourself in this historic footage.

We believe our beloved George.


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