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Roller Derby History
Transcript of Roller Derby History
Roller derby was mostly a series of races; once around track, twice, and also bike races. This started in Chicago. It was always boy against girl. The biggest stars were Ivy King and Johnnie Rosasco.
Roller Derby spread to the entire country in the 40's. It then became a mostly mens sport. It was five men on five men lapping eachother for points.
Roller Derby started to become mainly a womens sport. They started advertising it on TV, talking about it in the papers, etc. Also, they started coming up with team names such as Red Devils, Jets, Jolters, (real names) etc.
It started not only advertising, but showing tournaments and games on TV. And travel teams brought the extremely popular sport to Europe. At first, only Paris, Barcelona, London and Madris.
The Braves became the star team of roller derby. They started playing only in NYC's Madison Square Garden and then transferred to any theatre in Los Angeles.
After roller derby started moving to other countries, it populated more into the U.S.. The New York Chiefs and the Bay Bombers became the first two teams to be co-ed. The now very famous sports traveled to Hawaii, Australia, and Japan.
Later, in 66, Captain of the Bay Bombers' Annis Jenson became Queen of roller derby. She was called the "Golden Girl".
Charlie O'Connell of the Bay Bombers went on a year long strike in '71. The NY Chiefs tried to sue the Bombers for major cheating. Examples are pinching thighs and slapping butts as a distraction to win. Charlie O'Connell admitted that he was teaching that and as an act of ownage, he coached the Chiefs for a year and a half. He then went back to the Bombers in June of 1972. At last, the Bombers and Chiefs were in peace.
The Famous Conference of all of the derby stars including top 7 of the Bombers, Chiefs, Team Canada, Team Tokyo, and Latin Libertadores. Roller derby's most recent star, Judy Arnold, retired in August of that year.
Derby started to become more private. This was because they tried to take only beautiful women and train them to go back to the thirties style, but this failed. People tried to keep the miscarry a sectret, but ESPN News let it slip. Now, derby was played in games only once in a blue moon.
Derby reoccured in '75 in the Bay area. However, all leagues are short players because of the previous attempt of change. International Roller Skating League opened to women 18 and up all over the U.S.. This was created by Mike Gammon and Don Drewry. Many of the great derby stars returned to this league. Roller Derby started back up in New York, Chicago, and Mew Mexico.
In 1990, the whole entire track changed. Instead of being an oval track, it was in a figure eight shape with a wall of death in the middle. However, the game did not change.
A slow death of Joan Weston due to Jakob-Cruetzfield disease shaped a new way to the game. Now, the track was oval again and there was a line of 4 blockers from each team and one jammer for each team. In honor of her, they set it up her way.
Roller derby started to become a most age group thing. The were separated into 6-11, 12-18, 19-50. And, 6-11 used inline skates instead of quads.
TO THIS DAY, ROLLER DERBY IS THE WAY IT HAS BEEN SINCE JUNE 2, 1997.