ARGUABLY THE GREATEST FEMALE ATHLETE
IN AMERICAN HISTORY - BABE DIDRIKSON
Babe Didrikson (1914-1956) – Shown above is an approximate 7" x 8" sepia-tone image of Babe Didrikson, showing off in front of reporters - probably in St. Petersburg. Florida. With a fountain pen, Babe inscribed the photo to a sports writer she knew well...
“Keith – I didn’t really climb it! Love, Babe Didrikson”.
A superior athlete and performer, who first gained International notoriety as a Multiple Gold Medal Champion in 1932. Babe Didrikson's many athletic achievements included, All-American basketball player, swimming, diving and billiard champion. Babe later took up golf and within a few years became the Worlds Leading Golfer - including the unbelievable achievement of 17 consecutive Golf Victories in 1947. To say that Babe Didrikson was a character would be a total understatement. More than once, she would enter the Professional Golfers ladies locker room, just before a Professional tournament began - walk through the locker room door and state...
“Good Morning, Ladies, the Babe is here! Who is Coming in Second?”
THE CHARISMATIC BABE DIDRIKSON
Babe Didrikson also won the 1948, 1950 and 1954 US Women’s Open and was the Leading Money Winner 4 consecutive years (1948, 1949, 1950, 1951). At an early age, Babe was stricken with a severe form of Colon Cancer. Didrikson then underwent aggressive surgery. She fought hard to recuperate. Somehow the Great Babe Didrikson fought back to win the 1954 US Open. But sadly, the Cancer recurred, and she suffered greatly. Babe was then to engage in her Last competitive battle. She passed away at the age of only 45. Her friend, Keith Quick, to whom the above piece is inscribed and autographed was nearby. There will Never Be Another Babe Didrikson. She was one of a kind!
BABE DIDRIKSON - THE GREATEST ATHLETE OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY
Currently this splendid autographed example is in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. In the near future it may very well be shared with another noted collector.
HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX 2010