The Last "True" Roller Derby

A Memoir

by Larry Smith



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/20/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 244
ISBN : 9781491780152
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 244
ISBN : 9781491780176
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 244
ISBN : 9781491780169

About the Book

Larry Smith got some strange looks as a boy when he told everyone he wanted to join the Roller Derby, but he’d go on to have the time of his life living out his dream.

As a member of the International Roller Derby League, he engaged in a style of play that gave the fans what they wanted: fights, hard skating, and great athletic ability combined with a fast-paced game.

As a member of Roller Derby, he and his teammates welcomed minorities in the 1960s when racial tension was at its peak. Whites and blacks skated together, roomed together, and stuck together like brothers and sisters.

Smith and his teammates sold out everywhere they played: Madison Square Garden, the Chicago Coliseum, San Francisco’s Cow Palace, White Sox Park, the Montreal Forum, and hundreds of smaller venues.

While the quality of the game ultimately declined, Smith was there for its glory years, and he remembers it all as if it were yesterday. He looks back on his many adventures—some of them almost unbelievable—in The Last “True” Roller Derby.

About the Author

Larry Smith became hooked on derby games at age twelve after watching Mickey Rooney’s movie, Fireball. By mowing lawns and raking leaves, he earned enough money to buy a pair of clip-on skates, and went on to join Roller Derby School.