T-shirt from an early interleague game between the Kansas City travel team and a local team from Austin, Texas

T-shirt from an early interleague game between the Kansas City travel team and a local team from Austin, Texas

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T-shirt from an early inter-league game between the Kansas City travel team and an Austin, Texas local team. Austin roller derby teams were far more experienced than the rest of the country's teams so often times cities would travel to play one of the Austin home teams, not the all star teams. It was fairly common in the early days to make a t-shirt for these sorts of inter league games.
Modern roller derby began in 2001 after four teams were formed and founded under the Bad Girls Good Women Productions name. In 2002, the Texas Rollergirls were formed from 65 members of the first BGGW teams after a disagreement over management practices caused a permanent split. BGGW took the remaining 15 skaters and became the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls forming a banked track league. The flat track derby uses a not-for-profit organizational model with skaters running the leagues and using their own money to buy rink time, produce tournaments, print programs and putting any money earned back into the organization.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
t-shirt, roller derby
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 22 in; 91.44 cm x 55.88 cm
ID Number
2016.0193.01
accession number
2016.0193
2016.0193.01
subject
Sports
Roller Derby
Professional
Women
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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