Flashback: Babe adds to legend

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Babe Didrikson Zaharias excelled in golf, basketball, track, diving, roller skating, baseball, softball, tennis and bowling.

On this day in 1954, Babe Didrikson Zaharias won the LPGA Sarasota Open for the second consecutive year. A three-time medalist in track at the 1932 Olympics and an All-American basketball player, Didrikson Zaharias didn't start playing golf until 1935 at the suggestion of sportswriter Grantland Rice. A year later she played in her first tournament and she won the title at just her second tournament, the Texas Women’s Invitational. From 1946-1947, she won 17 out of the 18 amateur tournaments she participated in, including the 1946 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and the 1947 British Amateur Championship. In all, she won 10 majors and 41 LPGA titles. She also played in a handful of PGA events, making the cut in all but one tournament she played in. Didrikson Zaharias was a founding member of the LPGA and she played on the tour until she died in 1956 at the age of 45 due to colon cancer. She is widely considered one of the greatest athletes of all time and the Associated Press named her the Greatest Female Athlete of the first half of the 20th century.

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