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babe zaharias

We found this Babe Zaharias commemorative sidewalk star along with Joan Crawford and other favorite sons and daughters of Texas in front of the Old Pecan St. Café in Austin.

Babe is acknowledged as one of the greatest female athletes ever having won two gold medals in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics before taking up golf and becoming one of the games most dominant players, male or female, of the next two decades.

She won 41 times on the LPGA circuit with 10 major championships including the U. S. Open three times. She succumbed to colon cancer at the age of 45 in 1956 winning her last two LPGA events that year after surgery.

Grantland Rice once said of Babe:  “She is beyond all belief until you see her perform…Then you finally understand you are looking at the most flawless section of muscle harmony, of complete and physical coordination the world of sport has ever seen.”

High praise from someone who had intimate knowledge of the accomplishments of Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth, and Bobby Jones.

Babe Zaharias’s star still flickers on this obscure corner in south Texas not far from where she was born.

Babe Zaharias

The Old Pecan St. Café

Austin, Texas

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