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Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Full Name: Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias
Profession: All-Round Athlete and Golfer

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Won Olympic gold medals in the 80m hurdles and the javelin in 1932.

She then turned to golf, winning 10 LPGA major titles.

Born: June 26, 1911
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: September 27, 1956 (aged 45)
Cause of Death: Colon cancer

Events in the Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias

  • 1934-03-20 American all-round female super athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias pitches a hitless inning for Philadelphia A's in their exhibition pre-season baseball game against Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 1947-03-30 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her first of 3 Titleholders titles by 5 strokes ahead of Dorothy Kirby
  • 1947-08-14 Babe Didrikson Zaharias gives up amateur status for $300,000
  • 1948-08-15 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 8 strokes from Betty Hicks
  • 1950-03-19 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Hills CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 9 strokes from amateur Betsy Rawls
  • 1950-03-19 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her 2nd of 3 Titleholders titles by 8 strokes from amateur Claire Doran
  • 1950-06-24 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins her 4th Western Open; beats Peggy Kirk, 5 & 3
  • 1952-03-16 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her 3rd Titleholders title by 7 strokes from Betsy Rawls
  • 1954-07-03 US Open Women's Golf, Salem CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by a record 12 strokes from Betty Hicks in her comeback event 14 months after radical colon cancer surgery
  • 1955-05-01 American golfer Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins the Peach Blossom LPGA Tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina, her final victory before her death the following year

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