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Harry Warnecke, 1900 - 1984  Search this
Robert F. Cranston, 26 Jul 1897 - 1978  Search this
Gus Schoenbaechler, active 1940s–1950s  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias, 26 Jun 1911 - 28 Sep 1956  Search this
Carbro print
Image: 41.4 × 31.4 cm (16 5/16 × 12 3/8")
Sheet: 46.2 × 36.1 cm (18 3/16 × 14 3/16")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
August 13, 1947
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Born Port Arthur, Texas
Perhaps no athlete has excelled at more sports than did Babe Didrikson. She caught the public’s attention when she won two gold medals during the 1932 Summer Olympic Games—in the javelin throw and eighty-meter hurdles. She then became a professional athlete, competing in basketball, baseball, swimming, lacrosse, soccer, handball, fencing, cycling, and ice skating. During this period, she famously declared, “The Babe is here. Who’s coming in second?”
Didrikson started playing golf in 1933, and in 1947 she became the only American woman to win the British amateur crown. In 1948, she helped to organize the Ladies Professional Golf Association. In professional women’s golf, she won eighty-two tournaments, including fourteen in a row. Named Woman Athlete of the Year six times by the Associated Press, Didrikson was a pioneer in women’s sports. She remains one of the United States’ greatest all-around athletes.
Exterior  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant\Tree  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant\Grass  Search this
Costume\Hair Accessory\Barrette  Search this
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Golf Club  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Female  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Sports and Recreation\Athlete  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Golfer  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Olympic medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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