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"Babe" Didrikson

"Babe" Didrikson
Harry Warnecke, 1900 - 1984
Robert F. Cranston, 26 Jul 1897 - 1978
Gus Schoenbaechler, active 1940s–1950s
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias, 26 Jun 1911 - 28 Sep 1956
August 13, 1947
Carbro print
Image: 41.4 × 31.4 cm (16 5/16 × 12 3/8")
Sheet: 46.2 × 36.1 cm (18 3/16 × 14 3/16")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
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Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Female
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Sports and Recreation\Athlete
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Golfer
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Olympic medal
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Born Port Arthur, Texas
Perhaps no athlete has excelled at more sports than did Babe Didrikson. She caught the public’s attention when she won two gold medals during the 1932 Summer Olympic Games—in the javelin throw and eighty-meter hurdles. She then became a professional athlete, competing in basketball, baseball, swimming, lacrosse, soccer, handball, fencing, cycling, and ice skating. During this period, she famously declared, “The Babe is here. Who’s coming in second?”
Didrikson started playing golf in 1933, and in 1947 she became the only American woman to win the British amateur crown. In 1948, she helped to organize the Ladies Professional Golf Association. In professional women’s golf, she won eighty-two tournaments, including fourteen in a row. Named Woman Athlete of the Year six times by the Associated Press, Didrikson was a pioneer in women’s sports. She remains one of the United States’ greatest all-around athletes.
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National Portrait Gallery
Currently not on view