The Thunderbirds brought new highs and lows to the sport of roller derby. There were two distinct phases in T-Birds history: The seminal period was 1960-1974. The 2nd phase was 1975 to 1993. We showcase each of these legendary teams with at least one image on our team photos page. A brief chronological history of the T-Birds and the Roller Games league is contained on our history page.
This site was created for two reasons: 1. To honor the great skaters involved with Roller Games. 2. To provide an accurate history of the Roller Games league to today’s new generation of skaters. If you are browsing this site to gain an understanding of the history of this great American sport, start with our history page and then watch some game footage of both the T-Birds and Bay Bombers from the 1960’s and early 70’s. Unfortunately, 99% of the recordings from this era were discarded and no longer exist. But the few that remain will give you an insight into roller derby it all its glory. Our video page has some helpful links. If you really want to go deep, check out some pre-Thunderbird tapes from the 1950’s when the skating talent was at its very zenith. That exceptional 50’s talent spilled over to fill the rosters of the Bay Bombers and L.A. T-Birds in the 1960’s which led to unparalleled success for the sport and spectacle of roller derby.
If your a fan or skater of today’s flat track or banked track roller derby, you need to know about the T-Birds and Bay Bombers as well as the Seltzer family who created the sport. We hope you enjoy this site!