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Fenway
07-13-2007, 12:05 PM
September 15, 1972 over 50,000 fans pack Comiskey

but not for baseball :o:


http://www.suntimes.com/realchicago_sports/1970s/11.html

Norberto7
07-13-2007, 12:31 PM
Who wouldn't want to see Apollo Creed on roller skates?

mccoydp
07-13-2007, 01:20 PM
Holy **** that's a lot of people! For roller derby?!

Railsplitter
07-13-2007, 01:25 PM
Holy **** that's a lot of people! For roller derby?!
There was Roller Derby on TV back then, more so than wrestling, if you can believe it.

kba
07-13-2007, 02:34 PM
And 60 years earlier, fans lined up at Comiskey to see Auto Polo. (The banner above the ticket windows says it was "America's Newest Craze.")

And I'd be eager to hear any old-timers explain how Auto Polo was played ...

http://www.nicepublishing.com/results.asp?page=2&item=1-1092-119&lookfor=sox

DSpivack
07-13-2007, 03:30 PM
And 60 years earlier, fans lined up at Comiskey to see Auto Polo. (The banner above the ticket windows says it was "America's Newest Craze.")

And I'd be eager to hear any old-timers explain how Auto Polo was played ...

http://www.nicepublishing.com/results.asp?page=2&item=1-1092-119&lookfor=sox


http://www.old-picture.com/american-history-1900-1930s/pictures/Auto-polo-002.jpg (http://old-photos.blogspot.com/2007/05/auto-polo.html)

kba
07-13-2007, 03:54 PM
Wow. Bet that really tore up the outfield grass (as well as the arms, legs, and heads of the drivers ...)

stl_sox_fan
07-13-2007, 04:40 PM
I look at that picture and the theme song to 'Jackass' pops in my head for some reason.

Dick Allen
07-13-2007, 11:45 PM
Back in 1971, Channel 32 began televising the LA T-Birds every Sunday night for two hours. That league was based in California, and featured a slightly different style (rougher) than Chicagoans were used to seeing. That California league was called the National Skating Derby, as opposed to the International Roller Derby League which we were used to seeing. It really caught on and got good ratings, thus the huge crowd when the T-Birds made their one and only appearance here.

DrCrawdad
07-14-2007, 12:18 AM
Back in 1971, Channel 32 began televising the LA T-Birds every Sunday night for two hours. That league was based in California, and featured a slightly different style (rougher) than Chicagoans were used to seeing. That California league was called the National Skating Derby, as opposed to the International Roller Derby League which we were used to seeing. It really caught on and got good ratings, thus the huge crowd when the T-Birds made their one and only appearance here.

Roller derby and White Sox baseball...ah the memories...

I remember my grandma having over her two sisters for cards. They'd move the TV into the kitchen. They'd play cards till late in the night. On the TV they'd have on Sox games or roller derby.

Roller derby never quite caught my attention.

My grandma and one of my aunts loved the Sox. I miss them but cherish the memories.

BoysMom3
07-14-2007, 12:54 AM
I look at that picture and the theme song to 'Jackass' pops in my head for some reason.

LOL! I used to love that show. :redface:

Roller derby and White Sox baseball...ah the memories...

I remember my grandma having over her two sisters for cards. They'd move the TV into the kitchen. They'd play cards till late in the night. On the TV they'd have on Sox games or roller derby.

Roller derby never quite caught my attention.

My grandma and one of my aunts loved the Sox. I miss them but cherish the memories.

Aww, what a sweet story.

I remember roller derby on tv when I was a kid - I loved it!

IronFisk
07-14-2007, 02:52 AM
http://www.old-picture.com/american-history-1900-1930s/pictures/Auto-polo-002.jpg (http://old-photos.blogspot.com/2007/05/auto-polo.html)

Who WOULDN'T pay top dollar for this?!? Ah, the days before lawyers messed everything up!

This picture rocks - look at the guy keep his focus on the ball with only a HUMAN BODY flying right at him.

WSox597
07-14-2007, 10:48 AM
When I was a kid, I actually went to some Roller Derby matches at the Coloseum. To look back on it now, it seems silly, but it was pretty exciting before everybody found out it was as fixed and fake as pro wrestling.

Still, when you're a kid, it's pretty exciting to watch.

MisterB
07-14-2007, 12:53 PM
When I was a kid, I actually went to some Roller Derby matches at the Coloseum. To look back on it now, it seems silly, but it was pretty exciting before everybody found out it was as fixed and fake as pro wrestling.

Still, when you're a kid, it's pretty exciting to watch.

What do you mean wrestling is fake?? :o:

Seriously, Auto Polo ain't got nothing on Segway Polo....


http://www.bayareaseg.com/images/Segway%20Polo%205.jpg

Lip Man 1
07-14-2007, 01:48 PM
You've got to love the "quality" programming WFLD had back in those days eh?

I mean the roller derby, pro wrestling, Jerry G. Bishop as Svengoolie (which was actually funny...Berwin? Berwin...Berwin! EDWIN!) and Chet Coppock doing the hourly news cut-in's....

And to think the Sox left WGN for this?

:D:

http://usersites.horrorfind.com/home/horror/svengoolie/svenad03.jpg

Lip

TDog
07-14-2007, 02:15 PM
You've got to love the "quality" programming WFLD had back in those days eh?

I mean the roller derby, pro wrestling, Jerry G. Bishop as Svengoolie (which was actually funny...Berwin? Berwin...Berwin! EDWIN!) and Chet Coppock doing the hourly news cut-in's....

And to think the Sox left WGN for this?

:D:

http://usersites.horrorfind.com/home/horror/svengoolie/svenad03.jpg

Lip

I thought you were going to point out that the Sox drew more than 51,000 for a June doubleheader against the Yankees, which ended with a Dick Allen pinch-hit home run in an emptying ballpark.

Screaming Yellow Theater was local late-night television and one of the positive things about Channel 32. WGN ran Creature Features on Saturday nights, but they just ran movies. More work went into Screaming Yellow Theater, and if the shows were saved, they would probably be marketable on DVD.

I don't know if old re-runs of the Patty Duke Show are available on DVD, but such was the sort of thing you got on WGN in those days.

WFLD, before Kaiser Broadcasting acquired a majority interest, used to run their schedule around the White Sox. Before the White Sox left WGN, their station treated them like a second-class team.

Fenway
07-14-2007, 03:29 PM
Remember when WFLD did this at night?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=l4Y5V9HCSUM

and the newscast in 1978 was a little lo-tech
http://youtube.com/watch?v=LqaSVPR

and here is a trip back to 1982 includes a Sox commercial

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-uNr1-wz_po

more commercials from 1979
http://youtube.com/watch?v=eLm7iYdHdKM

slavko
07-14-2007, 06:40 PM
You've got to love the "quality" programming WFLD had back in those days eh?

I mean the roller derby, pro wrestling, Jerry G. Bishop as Svengoolie (which was actually funny...Berwin? Berwin...Berwin! EDWIN!) and Chet Coppock doing the hourly news cut-in's....

And to think the Sox left WGN for this?

:D:

http://usersites.horrorfind.com/home/horror/svengoolie/svenad03.jpg

Lip

I would bet that Lip knew Sven, I mean Jerry at some point in his broadcast career. I met him a looong time ago. Rich Koz, the successor Sven, is funnier, at least funnier looking, IMO. And Roller Derby way, way, way back had a track about twice as long, IIRC.

Lip Man 1
07-14-2007, 06:51 PM
Slavko:

Funny you should mention that! LOL

Seriously I never met Jerry but I did get a personal guided tour of the WFLD studios at Marina Tower from none other then 'how ya doin' everybody' Chet Coppock himself.

True story.

I actually thought Svengoolie's casket and set were really cool (I was in high school at the time...) but when I visited the studios they weren't taping his show.

I met Chet was he was doing the P.A. announcing at the Amphitheater for the Chicago Cougars of the WHA.

My friends and I used to go to some games and I went right down to his booth rink side, introduced myself and said I wanted to be a broadcaster.

He invited me to watch the game from his position and said if I wanted to see the 32 studios to call and let him know.

We stayed in touch, off and on over the years, but I hadn't spoken to him since September 2000 before actually meeting him in the press elevator at U.S. Cellular Field last May. Naturally so much time passed that he didn't recognize me until I laid out our history.

What were the odds of that?

Chet back in the day was a tall guy (still is I guess) and when he used to wear platform shoes he was like 6-9 or so!

Lip

viagracat
07-15-2007, 11:17 AM
Back in 1971, Channel 32 began televising the LA T-Birds every Sunday night for two hours. That league was based in California, and featured a slightly different style (rougher) than Chicagoans were used to seeing. That California league was called the National Skating Derby, as opposed to the International Roller Derby League which we were used to seeing. It really caught on and got good ratings, thus the huge crowd when the T-Birds made their one and only appearance here.

My parents never missed Roller Derby on Sunday nights back in the day. IIRC, the really big and important contests were between the TBirds and New York--Bombers, wasn't it?--which were always highly intense smackdowns. :cool:

They never missed Divorce Court either (which I believe was also on Channel 32), at least until they got divorced themselves.

Proof trash TV is not a new thing. :redneck

SpringfldFan
07-15-2007, 11:47 AM
Roller derby was still fluorishing in the mid '80's. It was even on TV down here in Springfield. I say mid '80's because I distinctly recall the T-birds unveiling a 300+ pound behemoth to bust through the pack to win games. I remember how very very remeniscent it was of the Bears and William Perry the year or two before. I think the dude even had a refrigerator type nickname...

SFF

shbart
07-15-2007, 08:10 PM
Back in 1971, Channel 32 began televising the LA T-Birds every Sunday night for two hours. That league was based in California, and featured a slightly different style (rougher) than Chicagoans were used to seeing. That California league was called the National Skating Derby, as opposed to the International Roller Derby League which we were used to seeing. It really caught on and got good ratings, thus the huge crowd when the T-Birds made their one and only appearance here.

I hated the National Skating Derby as a kid. I thought it was much "fakier" not rougher. Ronnie Raines, Earlene Brown etc., were a big draw with the T-Birds, but what made this such a huge draw, was that they were facing the Midwest Pioneers from the other league (who I loved). Basically, it was like the Cubs (T-Birds) vs. the Sox (Pioneers) for the first time ever.

Fenway
07-15-2007, 08:18 PM
First TV job I ever had was at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH which had a signal that went into Boston on channel 9. Highest rated show we had back then was "roller derby"

It was the San Francisco Bay Area Bombers vs the LA Thunderbirds week after week.........