Once Upon a Whoopee: A Town, a Team, a Song, a Dream

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Mercer University Press, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 129 pages
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A team. A town. A dream. A song.

Ice hockey in Macon, Georgia?

The Macon Whoopees?

From their creation in a sports bar in New York City to the fateful day the IRS padlocked the door and seized everything from aspirin to hockey pucks, the Whoopees skated in and out of the hearts of hockey fans everywhere. What was born from the words of Gus Kahn song made popular by Doris Day, became a part of hockey folklore.

Once Upon a Whoopee is the story of one of the most unforgettable minor-league franchises in history. The Macon Whoopees of 1973-1974, blessed with one of the most unique and revered nicknames of all time, made good on their promise to become the "Slippery Rock of Hockey". Johnny Carson mentioned them on The Tonight Show. Even President Richard Nixon got a Whoopees T-shirt.

It was a love affair fashioned with an odd fit, especially in the deep South, where folks typically think ice is simply something you put in your tea. The true story of the whoopees is being published during the 25th anniversary, the 1998-1999 season, of the team. It is rich in color and local history and filled with fascinating characters.

 

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Contents

Blame It On Doris
1
Que Sera Sera Whatever Will Be Will Be
2
Just What is a Power Play Bubba?
6
The Grass is Always Greener in a Blue VW
10
Field Goalies and Pigskin Pucks
14
Write from Left Field
18
Whoop There It Was
21
Couldnt Play the Violin Anyway
27
Empty Seats Empty Pockets
74
Just What Size Do You Wear Tricky Dick?
78
Ifs Ands and Butts
80
The Road Goes on Forever
83
George Georgette and Georgia
86
Another Bride Another Groom
89
Black Lines and Blue Lines
93
Houston We Have a Problem
96

Want To Buy an Ad in a Hockey Program Eh?
33
A Face Only His Mama Could Love
36
Mr Whoopees Northern Exposure
39
Dont Shoot Me Im Only the Hockey Player
43
Friday Night at the Fights
47
Playing Diehard To Get
51
Strike Up the Band and Everything Else
56
Chief Big Stick
59
Soft Ice and a Hard Sell
63
Praise the Lord and Pass the Puck
66
Headlocks and Body Slams
69
Now Playing for One Minute
100
The St Valentines Day Massacre
103
Welfare Farewell
106
Another Season Anyone?
109
High Stickin With the Angels
112
Say Didnt You Used To Be?
116
The Ball Game and Extra Innings
118
Score One for the Afterlife
123
Team Statistics
131
Southern Hockey League Final Standings
133
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Page 1 - It truly was in the right place at the right time. But there's more to it than that— a lot more. And if you're thinking all this is Doris Day's fault for singing a gushy version of the old Gus Kahn hit "Makin' Whoopee,

About the author (1998)

Ed Grisamore is a columnist for the Macon Telegraph and recipient of the 2010 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award, presented by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Grisamore is the author of six other books, including

Once You Step in Elephant Manure You're in the Circus Forever: The Life and Sometimes of Durwood 'Mr. Doubletalk'

Fincher. His 2006 audiobook, Gris & That, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Spoken Word" category.

Bill Buckley lives in Bozeman, Montana, and has been an avid waterfowler for more than 25 years. Contrary to what his friends say, he is not happy only when he's miserable. He just doesn't believe it's a good enough excuse not to go duck hunting. Buckley's photography is published in numerous outdoor magazines, and he is the author of "Misery Loves Company: Waterfowling and the Relentless Pursuit of Self-Abuse" and "The Waterfowler's World."

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