33 Facts About Babe Zaharias


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

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

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

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

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George Babe Zaharias, a Greek American, was a native of Pueblo, Colorado.

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

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

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

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

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Babe Zaharias had her greatest year in 1950 when she completed the Grand Slam of the three women's majors of the day: the US Open, the Titleholders Championship, and the Women's Western Open, a feat that made her the leader on the money list that year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In 1976, Babe Zaharias was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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In 2008, Babe Zaharias was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.

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On January 7,2021, Zaharias was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald J Trump.

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Babe Zaharias is the highest-ranked woman, at No 10, on ESPN's list of the 50 top athletes of the 20th century.

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

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Babe Zaharias developed a grooved athletic swing reminiscent of Lee Trevino's, and she was so strong off the tee that a fellow Texan, the great golfer Byron Nelson, once said that he knew of only eight men who could outdrive her.

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

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

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

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

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