what really made Roller Derby big? Why showing up in the Big Apple!
In the late 30’s and early 40’s Roller Derby grew in popularity and would play successfully in cities throughout the US with one major exception: The Big Apple.
In fact, at one point there were four “units” (eight teams) on the road at the same time. The track would be set up, and the two teams in each city would play each other 4 times per week for 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the size of the city and the popularity of the Derby in that town. Generally, one team would represent that city (the “white shirts”), the other (the “red shirts”) another city. It seemed as though nothing could stop the growth. Then came Pearl Harbor.
The Derby, like so many other activities, was decimated. The majority of the men volunteered for service or were drafted. Many of the women took essential war jobs or joined the service…
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