Arizona Wildcats basketball: Ooh Aah Man to retire

2013-03-07T00:15:00Z 2013-03-08T18:56:35Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Ooh Aah Man to retireArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 07, 2013 12:15 am  • 

Joe Cavaleri, who has been leading cheers as the Arizona Wildcats'  Ooh Aah Man since 1979, is retiring. 

Cavaleri will perform for the final time at Saturday's rivalry game against Arizona State, then travel to the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament as a guest of the UA athletic department. Cavaleri will continue to attend basketball games and sit in his usual seats under the basket, athletic director Greg Byrne wrote in his "Wildcat Wednesdays" newsletter. 

Cavaleri's career as an unlikely cheerleader began at baseball games, where the bearded superfan led the faithful in chants of "Ooh Ahh, Omaha". 

"I stood up and starting going 'Ooh, aah, sock it to 'em, Cats,'" Cavaleri told the Star's Greg Hansen in 2010. "People responded. Pretty soon it was wild and noisy. The Cats won and they took me with them to the College World Series in Omaha. It just took off from there."

Cavaleri had been a fan of legendary Baltimore Orioles superfan "Wild Bill" Hagy, who would stand in the upper deck at old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and use his body to spell "O-r-i-o-l-e-s."

Lately, Cavaleri has been beset by a handful of health issues, including Parkinson's disease.

Copyright 2014 Arizona Daily Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Azusa Pacific at
Washington State
11/7 12:00 am
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Detroit at
Oregon
11/17 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Oregon State
12/15 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 9:00 pm
Free Wildcats Sports Newsletter

University of Arizona sports news and blog headlines, delivered daily

Follow the Arizona Daily Star

Featured businesses

View more...

Deals, offers & events

View more...