By Frank Deford,Walter Iooss,Jerry Seltzer
In Five Strides at the Banked Track, exclusive activities journalist Frank Deford opens a desirable window in this exhilarating leisure that operates based on its personal set of targeted rules—both off and on the track.
The Derby started as an idea on a tablecloth in 1935 via Leo Seltzer. From its nice melancholy roots—when younger skaters might run away to hitch the curler Derby within the related approach one may possibly run away to affix the circus—through its prewar heyday, postwar decline, and supreme upward thrust to superstardom within the Sixties, Deford sweeps us alongside on an unforgettable trip. He brings jointly the gamers, the fanatics, the promoters, and the celebs. He stocks the exploits of Bay Bomber legend Charlie O’Connell, famous person Joanie Weston, and loved villain Ann Calvello, along with her dyed blue hair, who could eventually cross directly to compete in curler Derby in seven separate a long time. Deford vividly captures the buzz of a activity Variety referred to as “cathartic, dramatic, fast paced, and vintage as a John Wayne movie.” From the idolatry of the fanatics to the loneliness of the open street to the hard-charging frenzy of the world, this can be a infrequent glimpse right into a uniquely American spectator recreation that keeps to reinvent and resurrect itself today.
This definitive new edition includes a foreword by means of Jerry Seltzer and an introduction by way of Frank Deford.
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Five Strides on the Banked Track: The Life and Times of the Roller Derby by Frank Deford,Walter Iooss,Jerry Seltzer