Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias was a woman with unending persistence which led her to achieve many honors in the world of sports, some not ever accomplished by any other person, man or woman. She won three Olympic medals in Track and Field; two gold and one silver. Babe not only did track and field, but also other sports such as basketball where she was named "All-American" three times. The Associated Press also named Babe "Woman Athlete of the Year" six times, a feat never again achieved by anyone.
But even all of these accomplishments couldn't prevent her from getting cancer, almost ending her ability to play sports. Babe, however, was not one to go down without a fight. She managed to recover from cancer, and shortly after returned to playing golf, competing in and winning tournaments, and then went on to found the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
While many of us may not have the natural talent that Babe had, we can certainly aspire to attain her level of resolve. With this poster, your daughter can appreciate that even with all of her talent, what really made Babe great was her passion, commitment, and the way she never gave up, no matter what the obstacle.
This poster is a full color, high resolution 13 x 19 inch poster suitable for framing or for just hanging up on the wall.
About Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Today many athletes focus on only one sport 12 months out of the year. Youngsters hope to become good enough in that sport to play in college and beyond. That's not the way Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias did it. She was a woman for all seasons.
Though she is known mostly for her exploits in golf, Babe played many sports. She was good at tennis and played organized baseball and softball. She was an expert diver, roller skater, and bowler. In college she was a three-time All-American basketball player in 1930, 1931, and 1932.
In the 1932 Olympic Games, Babe won three medals in track and field. She won the gold medal for the javelin throw, the gold for the 80-meter hurdles, and the silver for the high jump. In other competitions Babe took medals and set records in the long jump, the shot put, and the baseball throw.
Only after her Olympic victories was Babe introduced to golf. She quickly made it her game. In fact, she changed women's golf by bringing power and smash to the game. She won the US Women's Open three times, the Women's Western Open four times, and the British Open—82 tournaments in all, both amateur and professional.
Babe was truly a pioneer in her field. She helped found the Ladies Professional Golf Association, which even today enables many women to enjoy careers in golf. In honor of her leading the way for other women golfers, the Babe Zaharias Open was set up in her hometown of Beaumont, Texas. Also in Beaumont you can learn more about this great athlete in the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum.