On This Day…2006


On This Day... 14 March 2006

On this day in 2006 Roller Derby Hall of Famer Ann Theresa Calvello died of liver cancer aged 76.

Ann Calvello competed in roller derby across seven decades: from the 1940s through to the 2000s.

Calvello broke into the roller derby in 1948 originally skating for a league called International Rollerspeedway.

Ann Calvello, who often sported dyed hair and wild makeup, was known for her temper along with her unconventional looks. She was nicknamed “Banana-Nose” by fans. She travelled the world skating in Europe, Guam, Philippines, Cuba, Australia and of course all over the United States. She broke her nose 12 times during her career. Her most famous rival on the track was the late Joan Weston. 

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