Preserving the History of Roller Derby & Giving Back to Skaters


JOSEPHINE 'MA' BOGASH & son, BILLY, seen here in an early Transcontinental Roller Derby publicity photo. 'Ma' Bogash was the game's first marquee skater and also its first female Hall-of-Famer. Billy Bogash was Derby's biggest scorer during the first fifteen years of the game and was player representative for the skaters' association for many years. Billy Bogash was inducted into the Hall-of-Fame in the early 50s.


GERRY MURRAY, considered to be the most natural skater in the history of the game and probably the all-time scoring champion among women, was beloved by legions of fans. Her battles with another Hall-of-Famer, 'Toughie' Brasuhn, were the stuff of legend. Captain of the New York Chiefs and mother of superstar Mike Gammon, she's seen here during a very brief stint with the San Francisco Bombers in 1959.


Hall-of-Famer Hal Janowitz (on the right wearing #39), coached the CHICAGO WESTERNERS to their only world title in 1959 and is seen here against Dave Pound. Janowitz skated his final season (1961) with the Bay Bombers.


ANN CALVELLO, Roller Derby's 'Queen of the Penalty Box' was its most famous 'bad girl.' Calvello began skating in 1948, made her mark almost immediately with the Philly Panthers, was an original Bay Bomber ('54-'59) before starting a new phase of her career as a 'red shirt' in the 60s when she established herself as one of the all-time greats. Her departure to Roller Games in '65 stunned the banked track world, but she was back with Derby in '68, inducted into the Hall-of-Fame the same year and continued rolling to the boos of the crowd thru the end of the century. Seen here at Captain of the Ohio Jolters in 1971, Ann Calvello died on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 in California.


GENE GAMMON who coached the New York Chiefs for many a championship season was married to Gerry Murray and raised legendary skater Mike Gammon. One of the hardest-hitting blockers of all time.


For many fans, Marjorie Claire Louise Theresa Brasuhn, sometimes known as 'Midge,' but always the one and only 'Toughie,' was Roller Derby's most famous skater. Years later, this diminutive woman's name is still instantly associated with the sport. Born Jan. 17, 1924, Toughie's televised battles with Gerry Murray were legendary, insuring the success of the infant medium and helping to secure Roller Derby's place in the history of the nation. Brasuhn passed away August 9, 1971 in Hawaii.