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.