Mildred Didrikson Zaharias, nicknamed "Babe" for her childhood prowess on the baseball diamond, dominated women's sports from the 1930s through the 1950s. Though best remembered for her accomplishments in golf and track and field, she also excelled in basketball, diving, roller-skating, bowling, and billiards.

The 1932 Los Angeles Olympics made Babe Didrikson a celebrity. Already a world record-holder in multiple events, she won gold medals in the javelin and hurdles and silver in the high jump. Babe's success was no fluke. As someone who played hard and practiced even harder, she was known as fierce competitor in every arena she entered. More»


Babe Didrikson swinging a driver on the golf course. Courtesy Mary and John Gray Library Special Collections and Lamar University Archives.