The Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum pays tribute to the greatest female athlete of all time.
Babe’s life was encompassed by athletics. She was accomplished in just about every sport - basketball, track, golf, baseball, tennis, swimming, diving, boxing, volleyball, handball, bowling, billiards, skating and cycling. In 1932, Babe won the national women’s AAU/Olympic tryouts as an unattached athlete, with 30 points- eight points over the second place Illinois Women’s Athletic Club. It has been declared to be the greatest single achievement in a series of events in the history of athletics.
She was called “Wonder Girl” by Grantland Rice after her two gold and one silver medal performance in the Babe Zaharias1932 Olympics. Babe eventually focused on golf, at Rice’s suggestion, and went on to be declared by inaugural AAU Sullivan Award Winner, Bobby Jones, as one of the ten best golfers of all time. In her career, Babe won 82 golf tournaments, including amateur and professional. She was voted the World’s Greatest Woman Athlete of the First Half of the 20th Century by the Associated Press (AP), and the only athlete to be named Woman Athlete of the Year by the AP six times.