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Zaharias, Mildred Ella (nee Didrikson; Babe Didrikson Zaharias)

Born: 1914 AD
Died: 1956 AD, at 42 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Athlete, Baseball Player, Basketball Player, Golf Player, Soccer Player, Tennis Player


1911 - Born on the 13th of January in Port Arthur, Texas.


1929 – She was the high-scoring forward on the girls' basketball team at Beaumont Senior High School.


1930 – His coach Melvin J. McCombs gave her a job with the Employers Casualty Company of Dallas, and she was soon a star player on its Golden Cyclones. The team won the national championship and she became the American forward player of the next years.


1931 - She won first place in eight events at the National Women's AAU Track Meet


1932 – Her team Illinois Women's Athletic placed second with twenty-two points and she scored 30 points. Gallico also referred to her as "the most talented athlete, male or female, ever developed in our country."


1934 – Her first golf tournament.


1935 - She carded a birdie on the par-5 thirty-first hole, to succeed the competition two-up in the Texas State Women's Championship.


1938 – On the 23rd of December, she got married to a former professional wrestler George Zaharias.


1947 – She won the Ladies' Amateur Championship held at Gullane, Scotland.


1950 – Zaharias was voted as the outstanding woman athlete of the century in 1950’s Associated Press poll


1953 – Babe contracted cancer and she undergone her first operation.


1955 – She had her second cancer operation


1954 - After her operation she returned to win the Women's Open and received yet another AP Woman Athlete of the Year Award.


1956 – Her cancer proved to be terminal. She died on the 27th of September


1974 - The City of Tampa took over the golf course she bought and named it the “Babe Zaharias Golf Course.” Renovated in 2004 and has now been accorded the status of a Historical Landmark.


2007 - Playwright Carolyn Gage started working on a full-chorus, full-orchestra musical about Zaharias called Babe.


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