Bay Bombers T-Shirt


The Golden Era of the Roller Derby

Capitalizing on the popularity of roller skating, Chicago entrepreneur Leo Seltzer conceived of Roller Derby in 1935. A contest of two teams with 5 skaters each, circling around a banked oval track, scoring points when a “jammer” would skate a lap past opposing players. Leo’s son Jerry Seltzer took over the reigns in the late 50’s and created the Bay Bombers, a formidable squad that went on to become America's home team, selling out arenas coast to coast. Every Sunday night, KTVU would telecast Roller Derby games from Kezar Pavilion to over 30 million dedicated viewers nationwide. Ardent fans cheered for their heroes as they slammed their rivals against the rail, resulting in flying wheels, spectacular falls, and subsequent shouting matches. Bay Bombers stars Joanie Weston, the “Golden Girl”, Charlie O’Connell,  “Mr. Roller Derby” and arch-villainess Ann "Banana Nose" Calvello became beloved household names in the Bay Area.

Super soft 100% Cotton. Bella + Canvas classic fit unisex tee. Machine Washable.

Measurements (measured flat):
Chest  Small 18" / Medium 20" / Large 22" / XL 24" / XXL 26"
Length Small 28" / Medium 29" / Large 30" / XL 31" / XXL 32"

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