[Babe Didrickson Zaharias Winning Her Race]

Grantland_Rice-B13-017_FULL.jpg
1932
Grantland Rice Papers, Vanderbilt University Special Collections

Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrickson Zaharias, 1911-1956, was an Olympic track and field medalist who was also one of the greatest women golfers of all time. Grantland Rice considered her one of the best athletes he’d known and had a great fondness for her. Here she is depicted winning a track race for her company sponsored team the Employers' Casualty Insurance Company of Dallas in 1932. Representing her company in the 1932 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Championships, she competed in eight out of ten events, winning five outright, and tying for first in a sixth. In the process, she set four world records in the javelin throw, 80-meter hurdles, high jump, and baseball throw in a single afternoon of competition. She went on to Los Angeles for the 1932 Olympics and won gold medals in the javelin and the 80-meter hurdles and a silver medal in the high jump. Almost overnight, she had become the most famous female athlete in the world.

Title

[Babe Didrickson Zaharias Winning Her Race]

Publisher

Grantland Rice Papers, Vanderbilt University Special Collections

Date

1932

Description

Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrickson Zaharias, 1911-1956, was an Olympic track and field medalist who was also one of the greatest women golfers of all time. Grantland Rice considered her one of the best athletes he’d known and had a great fondness for her. Here she is depicted winning a track race for her company sponsored team the Employers' Casualty Insurance Company of Dallas in 1932. Representing her company in the 1932 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Championships, she competed in eight out of ten events, winning five outright, and tying for first in a sixth. In the process, she set four world records in the javelin throw, 80-meter hurdles, high jump, and baseball throw in a single afternoon of competition. She went on to Los Angeles for the 1932 Olympics and won gold medals in the javelin and the 80-meter hurdles and a silver medal in the high jump. Almost overnight, she had become the most famous female athlete in the world.

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Grantland_Rice-B13-017_FULL

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Photograph

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Citation

“[Babe Didrickson Zaharias Winning Her Race],” Gallery, accessed October 22, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/6.