32 Facts About Babe Didrikson


Babe Didrikson 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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Babe Didrikson later changed the spelling of her surname from Didriksen to Didrikson.

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

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Babe Didrikson claimed to have acquired the nickname "Babe" upon hitting five home runs in a childhood baseball game, but her Norwegian mother had called her "Bebe" from the time she was a toddler.

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Babe Didrikson claimed to have won the sewing championship at the 1931 State Fair of Texas in Dallas; she did win the South Texas State Fair in Beaumont, embellishing the story many years later in 1953.

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Babe Didrikson eventually dropped out without graduating after she moved to Dallas to play basketball.

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

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Already famous as Babe Didrikson, she married George Zaharias, a professional wrestler, in St Louis, Missouri, on December 23,1938.

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

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Babe Didrikson played organized baseball and softball and was an expert diver, roller-skater, and bowler.

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Babe Didrikson's performances were enough to win the team championship, despite her being the sole member of her team.

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Babe Didrikson set four world records, winning two gold medals and one silver medal for track and field in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.

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Babe Didrikson did not compete in the discus throw, as fellow American Lillian Copeland beat her out in the Olympic trials; Copeland went on to win the gold medal in discus.

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Babe Didrikson is the only track and field athlete, male or female, to win individual Olympic medals in separate running, throwing and jumping events.

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

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Babe Didrikson was noted in the January 1933 press for playing a multi-day straight pool match in New York City against female Ruth McGinnis.

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

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Babe Didrikson was a founding member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, in 1950.

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

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Babe Didrikson won 17 straight women's amateur victories, a feat never equaled by anyone.

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In March 1934, Babe Didrikson pitched a total of four innings in three Major League spring training exhibition games:.

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Babe Didrikson spent time with the House of David barnstorming team and is still recognized as the world record holder for the farthest baseball throw by a woman.

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Babe Didrikson was a close friend of fellow golfer Betty Dodd.

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

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Babe Didrikson used her fame to solicit donations for her cancer fund but as a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.

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Babe Didrikson was named the 10th Greatest North American Athlete of the 20th Century by ESPN.

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

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Babe Didrikson broke the mold of what a lady golfer was supposed to be.

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In 1975, the film Babe Didrikson, based on Zaharias' life, was released, with Susan Clark playing the lead role.

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Babe Didrikson was inducted into the Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame, Class of 2016.

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Babe Didrikson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on January 7,2021.

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