Roller Babes: Tim Patten


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Roller Babes: Tim Patten

The momentum builds up as the skaters enter the ring and they take their positions. The energy level rises and the adrenaline keeps pumping until the official start of the first race. Beginners have to start somewhere and the rink is not smooth but steep and the amount of laps numerous. Some had to skate for hours and others alternating hours among those that hoped to be chosen for a team. It’s not football, baseball or car racing it is my favorite sport growing up in the Bronx watching the skaters in the armory practice, warm-up and then take their spots: It’s Roller Derby and author Tim Patten brings it back to life honoring the amazing women skaters of the fifties.

Roller Babes features three young girls named Rebecca, Lottie and Elsie Mae each having their own reasons for wanting to leave the Bronx and find…

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