“Babe” Was the Best There Ever Was

President Eisenhower joined the nation on September 27, 1956 in mourning the death from cancer of Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias, the incomparable athlete who excelled at every sport she tried.

Born in Port Arthur and raised in Beaumont, “Babe” burst on the scene at the 1932 Summer Olympics, where she won gold in the 80-meter hurdles and javelin and was cheated out of the gold medal that was rightfully hers in the high jump.  She could play any sport from basketball to softball and baseball and golf.  The Associated Press named “Babe” the ninth greatest athlete of either gender for the Twentieth Century.

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