39 Facts About Babe Didrikson Zaharias

1. Babe Didrikson Zaharias began playing golf casually in 1932, but from 1934 she played that game exclusively.

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2. At the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles Babe Didrikson Zaharias won the 80-metre hurdles and the javelin throw but was deprived of a third gold medal in the high jump because she had used the unorthodox Western roll to achieve the highest jump; she was awarded the silver medal instead.

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3. Babe Didrikson Zaharias had a cancer operation in April 1953, and it was feared she would never be able to return to competition.

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4. In 1931, Babe Didrikson Zaharias became interested in another sport, Track.

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5. Babe Didrikson Zaharias went on to play on this team in 1930.

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6. Babe Didrikson Zaharias dropped out of high school to pursue a full-time career playing sports.

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7. Babe Didrikson Zaharias quickly became the star player of the LPGA, winning more tournaments and taking home more prize money than any other golfer; her success brought publicity and credibility to the young organization.

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8. Babe Didrikson Zaharias could easily throw a baseball from deep center field to home plate; in an exhibition game with the House of David, she struck out famed Yankee hitter Joe DiMaggio with three overhand fastball pitches.

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9. In 1935, Babe Didrikson Zaharias lost her amateur status in the US Golf Association because she had accepted money for an automobile endorsement and had competed professionally in other sports.

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10. Babe Didrikson Zaharias caused a controversy within the LPGA by demanding a special appearance fee of $1,000 per tournament, but her celebrity helped grow the fledgling tour, which went on to triple its prize money in its first five years.

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11. Babe Didrikson Zaharias struggled at the tournament and missed the 36-hole cut, but her appearance marked the first time that a woman had competed in a PGA Tour event.

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12. Babe Didrikson Zaharias was the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event.

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13. In 1949, Babe Didrikson Zaharias purchased a golf course in the Forest Hills area of Tampa and lived nearby.

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14. In 2014, Babe Didrikson Zaharias was inducted into the Legacy Walk, an outdoor public display that celebrates LGBT history and people.

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15. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's broke the mold of what a lady golfer was supposed to be.

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16. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's is beyond all belief until you see her perform.

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17. Babe Didrikson Zaharias has a museum dedicated to her in Beaumont, Texas, the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum.

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18. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's was one of six initial inductees into the LPGA Hall of Fame at its inception in 1977.

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19. Babe Didrikson Zaharias broke the accepted models of femininity in her time, including the accepted models of female athleticism.

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20. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's used her fame to raise funds for her cancer fund but as a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.

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21. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in her hometown of Beaumont, Texas.

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22. On September 27, 1956, Babe Didrikson Zaharias died of her illness at the age of forty-five at the John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas.

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23. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's took the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average, her only win of that trophy, and her 10th and final major with a US Women's Open championship, one month after the surgery and while wearing a colostomy bag.

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24. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's was a close friend of fellow golfer Betty Dodd.

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25. Babe Didrikson Zaharias is still recognized as the world record holder for the farthest baseball throw by a woman.

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26. Babe Didrikson Zaharias was relieved at the start of the second inning by Cardinal pitcher Bill Hallahan.

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27. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's gave up a walk and no hits.

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28. On March 20, 1934, Babe Didrikson Zaharias pitched one inning in a major league baseball spring training exhibition game for the Philadelphia Athletics against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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29. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's won the 1947 Titleholders Championship and the 1948 US Women's Open for her fourth and fifth major championships.

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30. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's gained back her amateur status in 1942.

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31. Babe Didrikson Zaharias became America's first female golf celebrity and the leading player of the 1940s and early 1950s.

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32. Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a competitive pocket billiards player, though not a champion.

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33. Babe Didrikson Zaharias won two gold medals and one silver medal for track and field in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.

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34. Babe Didrikson Zaharias gained world fame in track and field and All-American status in basketball.

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35. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's was a singer and a harmonica player and recorded several songs on the Mercury Records label.

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36. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's eventually dropped out without graduating after she moved to Dallas to play basketball.

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37. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's moved with her family to 850 Doucette in Beaumont, Texas, at age 4.

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38. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's is widely regarded as one of the greatest female athletes of all time.

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39. Babe Didrikson Zaharias's won two gold medals in track and field at the 1932 Summer Olympics, before turning to professional golf and winning 10 LPGA major championships.

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