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; June 26, 1911 – September 27, 1956) was an American athlete who achieved a great deal of success in golf, basketball and track and field.
She won two gold medals in track and field at the 1932 Summer Olympics, before turning to professional golf and winning 10 LPGA major championships.
Already famous as Babe Didrikson, she married George Zaharias (1908–1984), a professional wrestler, in St. Thereafter, she was largely known as Babe Didrikson Zaharias or Babe Zaharias. George Zaharias, a Greek American, was a native of Pueblo, Colorado.
Called the "Crying Greek from Cripple Creek," Zaharias also did some part-time acting.
She moved with her family to 850 Doucette in Beaumont, Texas, at age 4.
She claimed to have acquired the nickname "Babe" (after Babe Ruth) upon hitting five home runs in a childhood baseball game, but in reality, her Norwegian mother had called her "Bebe" from the time she was a toddler.
Although her three eldest siblings were born in Norway, Babe and her three other siblings were born in Port Arthur.
She later changed the spelling of her surname from Didriksen to Didrikson.
Though best known for her athletic gifts, Didrikson had many talents and was a competitor in even the most domestic of occupations: sewing.
An excellent seamstress, she made many of the clothes she wore including her golfing outfits.