from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Zaharias, Mildred Ella Didrikson Known as "Babe.” 1914-1956. American athlete who excelled in basketball, baseball, and track, winning two gold medals at the 1932 Summer Olympics. She later took up golf and won the U.S. (1946) and British (1947) amateur titles and the U.S. Open (1948, 1950, and 1954).

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  • n. outstanding United States athlete (1914-1956)


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  • Two years later, her domination of the women's tour led to Ms. Sorenstam becoming the first female golfer since Babe Didrikson Zaharias in 1945 to contest a PGA Tour event.

    Keeping Her Eye on the Ball

  • At 27, she wed George Zaharias, a professional wrestler and promoter who essentially became her manager.

    Celebrity and Contrast on the Course

  • Zaharias's accomplishments are even more extraordinary since she not only had to perform, but in many cases also to establish the legitimacy of her performances.

    Celebrity and Contrast on the Course

  • Associated Press Babe Didrikson Zaharias, taking a practice swing at a tournament in 1949 If you are looking for a golf beach read, I can recommend two: "Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias," by Don Van Natta Jr., and "The Swinger," a juicy, fast-read novel by Sports Illustrated writers Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck about a multiracial global golf superstar undone by a sex scandal.

    Celebrity and Contrast on the Course

  • Meanwhile, many newspapers took coded potshots at Zaharias.

    Celebrity and Contrast on the Course

  • As she learned from her setbacks, Zaharias, unlike the isolated Tree Tremont, was forced to change.

    Celebrity and Contrast on the Course

  • One reason modern sports fans feel less connected to Zaharias's feats than to comparable men's achievements—Babe Ruth's home runs, Bobby Jones's Grand Slam, Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak—is that hers lacked context.

    Celebrity and Contrast on the Course

  • "Wonder Girl" also deals with celebrity, but fame for Zaharias was an urgent necessity if she wanted to make a living as a female athlete in the 1930s, '40s and '50s.

    Celebrity and Contrast on the Course

  • In the end, Zaharias found her greatest success in golf.

    Celebrity and Contrast on the Course

  • As a young woman, she toured as an amateur golfer and played with some of the top women professional golfers of the era, including "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias.

    M. Jean Pease, USAID Employee


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