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Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Other Babe

Babe Didrikson

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Zaharias, Mildred Ella Didrikson (1911-1956). Mildred Ella (Babe) Didrikson Zaharias, athlete, was born on June 26, 1911, in Port Arthur, Texas, the sixth of seven children of Norwegian immigrants Ole Nickolene and Hannah Marie (Olson) Didriksen. Ole Didriksen was a seaman and carpenter, and his wife was an accomplished skater in Norway. In 1915 the family moved to Beaumont, Texas, where the children, with the encouragement of both parents, became skilled performers on the rustic gymnasium equipment that their father built in the backyard. Mildred Didrikson, who changed the spelling of her surname, acquired her nickname during sandlot baseball games with the neighborhood boys, who thought she batted like Babe Ruth. A talented basketball player in high school, Didrikson was recruited during her senior year in 1930 to do office work at Employers Casualty Company of Dallas and to spark the company's semiprofessional women's basketball team, the Golden Cyclones. Between 1930 and 1932 she led the team to two finals and a national championship and was voted All-American each season. Her exceptional athletic versatility prompted Employers Casualty to expand its women's sports program beyond basketball. Didrikson represented the company as a one-woman team in eight of ten track and field events at the 1932 Amateur Athletic Union Championships. She placed in seven events, taking first place in five-shot put, javelin and baseball throws, eighty-meter hurdles, and long jump; she tied for first in the high jump and finished fourth in the discus throw. In three hours Didrikson singlehandedly amassed thirty points, eight more than the entire second-place team, and broke four world records. Her performances in the javelin throw, hurdles, and high jump qualified her to enter the 1932 Olympics, where she again broke world records in all three events. She won gold medals for the javelin and hurdles and, despite clearing the same height as the top finisher in the high jump, was awarded the silver medal because she went over the bar head first, a foul at that time.

I saw the movie of her life story yesterday and Wow! I only new her as a good golfer! She is a very fasanating lady. If you would like to read the bio on her go here.

I enjoyed the movie and sure admire this wonderful lady!


Blogger Dorothy said...

Sounds like a great movie. I'll have to see it now that I've taken up golfing. I'm not very good yet but I'm trying and I at least now know what a birdie is... hehe.

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Blogger Brenda said...

Happy Thursday Joe!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

Wow, she sure accomplished a lot in her short life, buddy. Thanks for sharing this. :)

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Blogger Brent said...

I saw the movie years ago. She was quite the athlete, especially for her time!!

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Anonymous cassie-b said...

Sounds like a good movie. I'd like to see it.

Have a great weekend.

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