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What is the origin of fans chanting players' names with an extended "u" sound?

This originated in Detroit with Tiger fans chanting “Louuuuuuuuuu” whenever Lou Whitaker was at bat. The fans later did it with Rick Schu. And Wings fans later did it with Luc Robitaille.
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What is the origin of fans chanting players' names with an extended "u" sound?

Boog Powell played first base for the Baltimore Orioles from 1961 until 1974. I recall watching baseball on color TV (which was fairly new technology) and seeing Powell play for Baltimore against ...
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