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by Howie Carr
'This is undoubtedly the biggest
redneck spectacle I have ever seen," said
, the senior from Durham, who paused for
a moment before asking, "How much do
you think that big number 29 weighs?"
Roller Derby came to Carmichael
Auditorium Thursday night, exposing
some 4,000 fans to a unique mixture of
sport and carnival. When it was all over,
the Northeast Braves had a 47-46 victory
over the San Francisco Bay Bombers,
"the home team for most every Derby
fan in America," according to Sports
But the game didn't mean anything.
For the International Roller Derby
League (IRDL), it's "exhibition" season,
which means four months on the road,
75,000 miles, and 90 games.
"We have two companies touring right
now, explained Ken Drewey, an IRDL
official who handled the public address
system Thursday night. "Roller Derby is
seen on 125 television stations, and we
play at least one game in each market
Television has always played a leading
role in the Roller Derby's destiny,
although the sport can trace its history
back as far as 1935.
That was the year that Leo Seltzer, a
former dance marathon performer, read
that 93 of the American public had
rollerskated at one time or another.
Seltzer decided to mix the theory of
the dance marathon and roller skating.
The result was the Transcontinental
Roiler Derby, which opened August 13,
1935, in the Chicago Coliseum.
Despite large opening crowds,
attendance slackened rapidly until Seltzer
took the advice of New York sportswriter
Damon Runyan,. who suggested
incorporating into the rules the
heretofore extralegal mayhem that
skaters sometimes practiced.
Roller Derby survived World War II,
and became one of television's first
spectator sports. The craze reached its
pinnacle in 1953, when "Popular
Science" ran a feature entitled, "How to
Watch Roller Derby."
In the fall of that year promoter Ken
Nydell took two skating squads to Paris.
The first squad had "USA" emblazoned
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on its jerseys, while the "Europeans"
alternately flew the flags of eight
different continental countries.
Over 150,000 Frenchmen saw the
Derby, and were appalled at the rigged
officiating and beatings the "home" team
absorbed at the. hands of the Americans.
Eventually it was exposed that of the
thirteen "Europeans, five were from
New Jer?cy, three from New York, two
each from Illinois and Wisconsin, and one
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In the face of failing ratings, television
deserted the Derby, and by 1958 the
sport was drawing sparse crowds of 200
in San Francisco's mammoth Cow Palace.
In 1958 Leo Seltzer's son Jerry, then
26, took over management of the whole
operation with the idea of regaining the
lost television market. He' didn't have
much success until I960, when an
improved form of videotape made TV
production economically feasible.
Roller Derby now supplies its 125
television affiliates with 36 hour-long
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game programs, filmed in San Francisco
during the May-September regular season.
There are currently six teams in the
IRDL: San Francisco Bay Bombers (the
current world champions), Northeast
Braves, Midwest Pioneers, Oakland Bay
Bombers (starring Joanie Weston),
Northwest Cardinals, ' and Honolulu
According to Drewey, the teams are
owned "correspondently," which he
defines as joint ownership by the league
and "local corporations" from the
respective clubs home areas.
"San Francisco is one of the
best-drawing clubs in the league,""
explained Drewey. "They grossed 1.5;
million dollars last year. The Bay,;
Bombers had more attendance than any
other professional club in the Bay area,
with the exception of the San Francisco
baseball Giants." '
A 10-year employe of Roller Derby,
Drewey is one of 45 persons on the
current tour,. The top man is "unit
manager" Hal Janowitz, a former skater
who was player-coach of the team that
defeated Charlie O'Connell's club for the
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- by David Zuechino
Carolina's Tar Babies, after seeing their
overall record fall to 9-2 foUowing last
Monday's disheartening 82-70 loss to
powerful N.C. State, will be presented
with a golden opportunity for
redemption today as they suit up for the
second of three rounds against the
Wolflets at 12:30 pjn. in Charlotte.
The Tar Babies, who will tangle with
the Wolflets again on March 3 in Chapel
Hill, were outdone in every way
imaginable by State Monday night. The
Wolflets bested Carolina in rebounding by
a 51-40 margin and outshot the Tar
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Wrestling: Virginia Tech vs.
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Babies 50.7 to 39.5 percent. The Tar
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Freshman coach Bill Guthridge offered
no excuses for his squad's downfall
against State, and instead praised the
Wolflets for their outstanding
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