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Celebrating Roller Derby since 1952!
Reopened in 2004 with the blessing of the Seltzer Family.

 

December 29, 2013

It is with great sadness that the National Roller Derby Hall of Fame marks the passing of Derby pioneer, Hall-of-Famer HAZEL ROOP.  Born October 25, 1915 in Columbus, Ohio, Hazel was sent to Chicago in 1936 to visit relatives where she first saw the new sports craze called the Transcontinental Roller Derby.  Although she had never roller skated, Hazel would train, soon becoming one of the game's brightest stars.  She'd skate in Derby's first race in New York City at the Hippodrome later in the year and later in Coral Gables over Christmas where Damon Runyon would make suggestions to make Derby into a competitive sport rather than a marathon race.  Hazel would be partnered with Buddy Atkinson, Sr. & Wes Aronson, then have a baby with Billy Bogash.  Circumstances would prevent Hazel from raising her baby.  She left the Derby, returning home to New Jersey to marry and raise a family, her Derby secret unspoken.  Her granddaughter, Tracy, would begin skating in the new flat track Derby, sharing the remarkable story of Hazel Roop.  The NRD HOF would present Hazel with its first 'Pioneer' award in December, 2008.  A year later, she would be reunited with her first born child and in 2010, Roop would be inducted into the Hall of Fame by her peers.  The sacrifice she made for her family and sport will inspire everyone who loves this game.  May she rest in peace with the gratitude and admiration of family, skaters and fans.      

 

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Roller Derby's Hall of Fame was created by the 'Roller Derby News' in 1952 with the induction of its first two members, JOHNY ROSASCO & JOSEPHINE 'Ma' BOGASH. Over the next twenty-one years, twenty-one superb athletes were admitted thru the doors of the illustrious Hall. After finding a permanent home at NYC's Madison Square Garden in 1972, the 
Hall of Fame closed its doors when the original Roller Derby closed on December 8, 1973. After being granted permission by JERRY SELTZER, son of the game's creator, LEO SELTZER, the NATIONAL ROLLER DERBY HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM was reopened by Executive Director & Curator GARY POWERS at its new home in Brooklyn, NY on September 25, 2004, coinciding with the induction of ten new members into the HOF. On August 13, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of Derby's first race at the Chicago Coliseum (Aug. 13, 1935).  In August, 2006, we celebrated our HOF Weekend in San Francisco, home of the legendary BAY BOMBERS, by celebrating the career of the late, great ANN CALVELLO.  Once again, the greatest stars of the banked track sport mingled with fans from all over the country in a joyous celebration of all things 'Derby.'  In October, 2007, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the PHILADELPHIA WARRIORS' move East (from Hawaii) with a HOF CELEBRATION in Cherry Hill, NJ.  On Dec. 6, 2008, the NRD HOF in association with the OSDA (Old School Derby Association) welcomed back members of the WARRIORS to another reunion during the OSDA Championship Weekend, presenting the FIRST EVER 'Roller Derby Pioneer' award to 93-year-old Transcontinental star, HAZEL ROOP!  Our ´Valentine to Los Angeles Roller Derby´ on FEB. 14, 2009 brought together many great stars of Southern California Derby!!!!  O
n SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2010 in PHILADELPHIA, we brought TOGETHER former DELAWARE VALLEY ROLLER GAMES members (including members of the legendary Philadelphia WARRIORS) with PENN JERSEY ROLLER DERBY as we HONORED the GREATEST STARS in the HISTORY of ROLLER DERBY with the INDUCTION of the 2010 Class of the NRD HOF!!!! We celebrated the newest class of the NRD HOF on November 9-10, 2012 in PHILADELPHIA with an OLD-TIMERS' game featuring LEGENDARY STARS of the sport like Hall-of-Famer 'Little' RICHARD BROWN, CINDY OGBIN & ARNOLD 'Skip' SCHOEN, plus TONY TRUJILLO, LALI O', RAY ROBLES, DAVE MARTINEZ & GINA VALLADARES!!!  Also in attendance were fans from all over the country along with Hall-of-Famers JUDY ARNOLD & LARRY LEWIS, former referee & Infield Manager, JOHN 'Gootch' GAUTIERI, plus skaters PETE BOYD, TERRI TOLEDO, 'Skinny Minnie' GWEN MILLER, JEFF HART, SUE THOMAS & MANY OTHERS!!!!  JOIN US in PHILADELPHIA again this year on NOVEMBER 8 & 9 for our 2013 National Roller Derby Hall of Fame WARRIORS' REUNION & OLDTIMERS' GAME with PENN JERSEY ROLLER DERBY!!!!  GET UPDATES BELOW!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
PICTURED BELOW
At our December, 2008 HOF celebration in Philadelphia, former skaters (from left) CRYSTAL PRIOLEAU, (2004 HOF inductee) JUDY SOWINSKI, JIM TROTTER, DRU SCOTT, (2004 HOF inductee) JUDY ARNOLD, VINNIE GANDOLFO, (2005 HOF inductee) BUDDY ATKINSON, Jr., (2007 HOF inductee) RICHARD BROWN, JEFF HART & RICHARD PURDY celebrate Transcontinental Roller Derby 'Pioneer Award' winner, (2010 HOF inductee) HAZEL ROOP (front row right in purple), next to NRD HOF & Museum Executive Director & Curator, GARY POWERS. 

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The National Roller Derby Hall of Fame is made possible by the support of devoted fans everywhere, especially long-time friend and confidant, PHIL BERRIER, the input of Roller Derby HOF members, plus the suggestions of many great stars of the banked track whose love for Roller Derby guides our efforts. The reopening of the National Roller Derby Hall of Fame in 2004 was a result of the fundraising efforts of the Roller Derby Foundation which provides assistance to former skaters.  We are constantly working to bring fans and skaters together thru Roller Derby celebrations throughout the country.  We are committed to preserving the history of the Roller Derby and to honoring the accomplishments of its greatest stars.   We make Roller Derby DVDs & memorabilia available to fans around the world.  Their generosity helps us celebrate Roller Derby thru the year.   DVD listings can be found on the Roller Derby Foundation website. Thanks for your support!
 

The National Roller Derby Hall of Fame & Museum thanks all those who support our efforts to celebrate the greatest names in the history of the banked track sport. 

HOF Leader-of-the-Pack VIP Package 

LEAD the PACK as a HOF VIP with a SPECIAL INVITATION to the 2013 HOF Kick-Off PARTY & TRAINING SESSION on Friday evening, Nov. 8, 2013 in Philly attended by HOF members & skaters, plus special SURPRISE guests!!!  You'll receive the BRAND NEW 2013 NRD HOF 'Celebrating the WARRIORS' souvenir PROGRAM, along with a 2013 NRD HOF Warriors t-shirt (YOU ORDER YOUR SIZE), plus EXTRAS!!!  You'll also receive VIP SEATING to Saturday, Nov. 9th's Second Annual Judy Sowinski Memorial OLD-TIMERS' game featuring the GREATEST NAMES in the history of the sport with Derby's newest stars from PJRD, followed by the regular PJRD game with a celebratory reception to follow.  ALL for $75 which SUPPORTS the EFFORTS of the NATIONAL ROLLER DERBY HALL OF FAME.  Purchase using Buy Now link below!!!

 

HOF  'Grand Slam' Package 

Score a Hall-of-Fame GRAND SLAM & SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS by receiving a copy of the BRAND NEW 2013 NRD HOF 'Celebrating the WARRIORS' souvenir PROGRAM, plus a VIP ticket to Saturday, Nov. 9th's Second Annual Judy Sowinski Memorial OLD-TIMERS' game featuring the GREATEST NAMES in the history of the sport with Derby's newest stars from PJRD, followed by the regular PJRD game with a celebratory reception to follow.  ALL for $50.  Purchase using Buy Now link below!!!

 

HOF 'All-Star' Package

STAR on our HOF All-Star TEAM by SUPPORTING OUR EFFORTS by getting a VIP ticket to Saturday, Nov. 9th's Second Annual Judy Sowinski OLD-TIMERS' game featuring the GREATEST NAMES in the history of the sport with Derby's newest stars from PJRD, followed by the regular PJRD game with a celebratory reception to follow.  $25.  Purchase using Buy Now Link below!!!         

 

 

HOF 'VIP' Package-$75.00 

 

HOF 'Grand Slam' Package-$50.00 

 

HOF 'All-Star' Package-$25.00 













 

2012 NRD HOF Souvenir YEARBOOK - $20.00 (includes shipping)





 

2012 NRD HOF black T-SHIRT celebrating ROLLER DERBY's GREATEST!!! - $35.00 (includes shipping)

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2012 NRD HOF Red Warriors #62 T-SHIRT salute to HOFer JUDY SOWINSKI - $45.00 (includes shipping)

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2012 NRD HOF Blue T-Bird #5 T-SHIRT salute to HOFer JUDY SOWINSKI - $45.00 (includes shipping)

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