Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson was born June 26, 1911, in Port Arthur, Texas (Kelley). Her family moved to Beaumont, Texas, when Mildred was three (Babe…). Her parents immigrated from Norway. Her father, Ole Didrikson, was a ship’s carpenter and cabinet maker. Her mother, Hannah Marie Olsen, was a skater and a skier. She was the sixth out of seven children to be born in her family (NWHM). Didrikson was a very good athlete, and excelled in the sport of basketball. She was invited by coach Melvin J. McCombs, the coach of one of the best high school girl’s basketball teams in the nation, to play on the Golden Cyclones, a team out of Dallas (Babe…). She was a 3-time All-American during her time with the …show more content…
She was named “The Woman Athlete of the Half Century”, and her athleticism was known around the nation. She was an athlete in many different sports. She played a little bit of baseball, and she was an outstanding athlete in basketball, track/field, and golf. She started the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Fund, that helps cancer clinics and treatment centers. In April of 1953, she had her first cancer operation. After that operation, she returned to golf competition after three and a half months. She then had to have a second operation in 1955.
Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson passed away September 27, 1956, at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas. The cause of her death was cancer than had reached and infected her lymph nodes (Babe…).
Mildred Ella “Bab“Babe”son was arguably one of the best athletes in the entire world. She excelled in every sport, and she paved the way for female athletes in generations after her. Babe will always be remembered as one of the greatest athletes of her