|TITLE: [Two women's league roller derby skaters leap over two who have fallen] / World-Telegram photo by Al Aumuller, CALL NUMBER: NYWTS - SUBJ/GEOG--Skating--Roller Derby [item] [P and P]|
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-133382 (b and w film copy neg.), No known copyright restriction. For information see "New York World-Telegram and ..." (lcweb.loc.gov/rr/print/res/076_nyw ), MEDIUM: 1 photographic print. CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1950 March 10.
CREATOR: Aumuller, Al, photographer.. NOTES: Title devised by Library staff. NYWT&S staff photograph. Forms part of: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).
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Roller derby, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Roller derby is an American contact sport—and historically, a form of sports entertainment—based on formation roller skating around a track. It is played at both professional and amateur levels. While traditionally for both women and men, roller derby has developed a predominately female circuit during its current revival.
History - In 1935, during the worst times of the Depression era, a sports promoter named Leo Seltzer invented a spectacle he called Roller Derby staged at the Chicago Coliseum. Originally intended to compete with then-popular dance marathons, the derby was a simulation of a cross-country roller skating race in which participants circled a track thousands of times to simulate covering the distance between Los Angeles, California and New York, New York. Occasionally, massive collisions and crashes occurred as skaters tried to lap those who were ahead of them. Seltzer realized this was the most exciting part, and tweaked his game to maximize the carnage.
First wave - Roller Derby achieved its first wave of televised popularity in the 1950s centering on the New York Chiefs with nationwide appearances on CBS and ABC. In 1958, Leo Seltzer's son Jerry moved the operation to the San Francisco Bay Area and established the most fabled team in the entire history of the sport, the longtime champion San Francisco Bay Bombers. A more theatrical imitation, called Roller Games, began with retired Derby skaters in 1961 in Los Angeles.
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