Babe Didriksen

Born Jun 26, 1911
Nationality Norway Norway

Mildred Ella Didriksen (Didriksen) Zaharias was born on 26 June 1911; she died on 27 September 1956. She was more commonly called as “Babe”.

Babe Didriksen was arguably considered the greatest athlete of all time. She was able to excel in various sports including baseball in which the neighborhood boys had dubbed her as “Babe” because they thought she batted like Babe Ruth. She had started, however, her professional career when her outstanding skills in javelin throw, high jump, and hurdles qualified for the Olympics in 1932. She was able to win the gold for the javelin and hurdles and a silver medal for the high jump.

• 1948 (3 wins) - All American Open, World Championship, U.S. Women’s Open • 1949 (2 wins) - World Championship, Eastern Open• 1950 (8 wins) - Titleholders Championship, Pebble Beach Weathervane, Cleveland Weathervane, Women’s Western Open, All-American Open, World Championship, U.S. Women’s Open, 144-hole Weathervane• 1952 (5 wins) - Miami Weathervane, Titleholders Championship, Bakersfield Open (tied with Marlene Hagge, Betty Jameson and Betsy Rawls), Fresno Open, Women’s Texas Open• 1953 (2 wins) - Sarasota Open, Babe Zaharias Open• 1954 (5 wins) - Serbin Open, Sarasota Open, Damon Runyan Cancer Fund Tournament, U.S. Women’s Open, All-American Open• 1955 (2 wins) - Tampa Open, Peach Blossom Classic

Didriksen had undergone through a colostomy after finding out she has cancerous tissue in the colon in April 1953. However, she entered a tournament 14 weeks after the surgery. In 1954, she was still able to win 5 tournaments and played for cancer fund benefits. However, she was again forced to be admitted John Sealy Hospital at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. On September 1956, she died of colon cancer.

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