Legends of the Banked Track
America’s Roller Derby Team
The Los Angeles Thunderbirds were ‘America’s team’ (along with the Bay Bombers) during the heyday of roller derby (the 60’s and early 70’s) and were the most popular and prolific international roller derby team in the history of the sport. Top Thunderbirds skaters were household names and the team often drew more fans than the Lakers (NBA) & Kings (NHL) both in game attendance and television ratings.
Hall of Fame Talent
The team was loaded with skating talent on both the men’s and women’s squads including many National Roller Derby Hall of Fame inductees. Games were exciting, fast paced and high scoring. There was a great deal of mayhem and showmanship on display to spice things up between jams. Never a dull moment. Fans were given a full dose of athleticism and entertainment and got their money’s worth.
The World Champion LA T-Birds
The powerful Thunderbirds were the perennial world champions of Roller Games, winning the title 18 times. But professional roller derby in this era was never about winning and losing; it was the spectacle and excitement of the game itself; the journey, not the destination. And year after year the Thunderbirds provided a splendid journey for their fans.