When I was young, I saw a movie about Babe Didrickson-Zaharias. 1975, and at that time it was still rare to see a great female athlete. I can’t resist a great underdog story, and I have never been an athlete, so it is no wonder why this movie drew me in. I think it should be mandatory for all young girls to see, athletes or not. First of all, it is a piece of history that is not often taught. And second, because young girls need to know that anything is possible.
Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias (June 26, 1911 – September 27, 1956) was an American athlete who achieved outstanding success in golf, basketball, and track and field.
Track and Field
- 80 METER HURDLES –1931 AAU record of 12 sec, not broken for 18 years. 1932 Olympic/world record of 11.7 sec until the 1936 games.
- JAVELIN – 1932 AAU record 139’3” and Olympic record throw of 143’4”, which stood until the 1936 games.
- HIGH JUMP – 1932 Olympic/world record 5’5¼” held with Shiley for 6 years worldwide, 16 years as an Olympic record, and 23 years as a U.S. record.
- LONG JUMP – 1930 unofficial world record of 18’8” because in the same AAU meet, Stella Walsh jumped ½” farther.
- BASEBALL THROW – 1931 AAU/world record of 296’ still stands today, since the event was discontinued in 1957.
Golf Great Firsts
- American to win the British Women’s Amateur
- Woman to win both the British and U.S. Women’s Amateur (1947)
- Woman to win the Western Women’s Open three times (as an amateur and professional)
- And only woman to qualify (so far) for the Los Angeles Open, a men’s tournament (1938)
She was voted the World’s Greatest Woman Athlete of the First Half of the 20th Century, in a poll conducted by the Associated Press (AP), and the only athlete to be named Woman Athlete of the Year by the AP six times, in 1931, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950, and 1954. She was awarded the Sports Illustrated “Female Athlete of the 20th Century – Individual Sports.”
New Book Dedicated to the Golf Lover is Released Featuring Golf Art from Around the Globe
“GOLF SAYINGS: wit & wisdom of a good walk spoiled” is an exciting and vibrant collection of golf art and text designed to celebrate golf and the people that love the game.”
October 1, 2013, Cazenovia, NY – Today, BookCollaborative.com announced the release of the book “GOLF SAYINGS: wit & wisdom of a good walk spoiled.” This golf art book showcases artwork along with quotations about golf that covers topics including sportsmanship, golf humor, the pros, Scotland, and even presidential golf. This collaborative publication has two goals in mind: first, to honor and highlight the great game of golf though text and artwork, and secondly, to showcase the talents of new and emerging artists who focus on creating golf art.
BookCollaborative.com provides artists with a platform through which they can gain exposure and recognition. Both professional and nonprofessional artists were invited to submit their work to be a part of this golf art book. The end result includes 36 artists from countries including the US, UK, Canada, Dominican Republic, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden. GOLF SAYINGS features a variety of golf art styles including golf photography, illustrations, collages, and paintings.
Among selected artists whose works are featured in “GOLF SAYINGS” are Lesley Giles an artist from England who has “walked inside the ropes” with top golfers including Tiger Woods, and Christine LaGrow from Southern California who’s captivating landscapes add so much to the book.
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