MILDRED (BABE) DIDRIKSON ZAHARIAS 1911-1956 | World’s Greatest Woman Athlete
Museum

The Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum & Visitors Center

1750 IH-10 E
Beaumont, Texas 77704
(409)833-4622

Monday-Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm

Free
Accessible to disabled visitors.

Interstate 10 East/West – ML King Exit # 854


Mildred (BABE) Didrikson Zaharias grave site

“World’s Greatest Woman Athlete”

June 26, 1911 – September 27, 1956

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Beaumont, Texas

          


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FAQs

When was the Babe born and where did she live?

Babe was born June 26, 1911 in Port Arthur, Texas and moved to Beaumont, Texas when she was four years old, residing at 850 Doucette.

 How many children were there in her family and in what order were they born?

There were seven children in her family.  They were Dora, Nancy, Ole, Lillie, and Louis (twins), Babe, and Arthur (Bubba).  Dora, Nancy and Ole were born in Norway.  Lillie, Louis, Babe and Bubba were born in Port Arthur, Texas.  Bubba was only four days old when the storm hit Port Arthur in 1915.

Where were her parents born and what were their names?

Oslo, Norway and their names were Hannah (mother) and Ole (father).

What was Babe’s full name?

Mildred Ella Didrikson

Where did Babe go to High School?

Beaumont High School in Beaumont, Texas.

Did Babe go to college?

No. She moved to Dallas, Texas and worked at Employers Casualty Insurance Company and played on their basketball team called Golden Cyclones.

Who did Babe marry?

Babe married George Zaharias in St. Louis, Missouri on December 23, 1938.

Where did Babe meet George?

Babe met George in California playing golf.

Where was George born?

George was born in Pueblo, Colorado in 1908.

What did George do for a living?

He was a professional wrestler known as “The Crying Greek from Cripple Creek” and did some part time acting.

Did Babe and George have any children?

No. They tried to adopt a baby, but the rules were too strict during that time period.

Are any of her brothers or sisters living?

No

How tall was Babe and how much did she weigh?

Babe was 5’7″ and weighed 115 pounds when she was in the 1932 Olympics held in Los Angeles, CA.

How many events did Babe enter in the Olympics and how many medals did she win?

She entered three events and won all three events.  Gold – Javelin Throw – 143’4″, Gold – 80 Meter Hurdles – 11.7 seconds, Silver – High Jump – 5’5″.

Are all the medals and trophies she won housed in the Babe Museum?

No.  This about a third of her medals and trophies.  Her husband, George, had some of them.  The Tampa Golf Course has many of them.

How many golf tournaments did Babe win?

82, including amateur and professional.

Why was a 250 pound, 15 foot high key given to Babe?

She won the British Women’s Open Golf Tournament in Gulane, Scotland in 1947.  She was the first American to ever win the British Tournament since if first began in 1893.  She and George were living Denver, Colorado at the time and when she returned to Denver, they presented her with the “Key to the City”.

How did Babe win the “Dead Head Trophy” and what is a “Dead Head Trophy”?

Babe had to win this Golf Tournament three times in a row to keep this trophy, it was for the World Championship of Women’s Golf.

Did the gold shoes belong to Babe?

Yes.  They have been sprayed gold.

What is the reason for the gold shovel?

The gold shovel was used to dig the first spade full of dirt for the ground breaking for building the Museum, which opened November 27, 1976.

What is the book, “This Life I’ve Led” and can it be bought anywhere?

Babe’s autobiography is no longer in print, although it can probably be found at the library.

Did Babe box?

Not professionally.

How did Babe make a name for herself?

Babe started by playing basketball in Beaumont, Texas.

In what sport was Babe best known and remembered?

GOLF

When did Babe find out that she had Cancer?

She was diagnosed in 1953.

Where and when did Babe die?

Babe, age 45, died at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas from colon cancer, September 27, 1956.

Where did Babe live when she died?

Babe and George were living in Tampa, Florida.

Where is Babe buried?

She is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Beaumont, Texas.

Is George still living?

No. He died in May of 1984 in Tampa, Florida at the age of 76,  He is buried in Pueblo, Colorado.

Did George remarry?

Yes.  He married one of his nurses several years before he died.

When was the movie of her life made?

The movie “Babe” was made in 1975.

Who played in the movie about Babe’s life?

Susan Clark and Alex Karras, who met while making the movie and are now married.


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