12 Facts About Babe Didrikson

1. At an early age Babe Didrikson excelled in basketball, baseball, and track.

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2. At the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles Babe Didrikson 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. In 1949, Babe Didrikson went on to establish the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

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4. Babe Didrikson 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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5. Babe Didrikson 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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6. Babe Didrikson was the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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