Babe

Babe : The Life and Legend of Babe Didrikson Zaharias

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One of the most gifted athletes of all time, Babe Didrikson Zaharias dominated track and field, winning two Olympic gold medals and a controversial silver in 1932 before going on to compete in baseball, bowling, basketball, tennis, and particularly in golf. An American public smitten with her wit, frankness, and "unladylike" bravado helped her become an American legend. In Babe, Susan Cayleff offers a comprehensive, in-depth biography of a woman who was a great athlete at a time when women's roles and opportunities were severely limited. Through interviews with Babe's friends and family, golf peers, and medical personnel, Cayleff sensitively reveals the life and probes the legend of this unusual American hero. Included is a for-the-record discussion of the remarkable love Babe shared with Betty Dodd, the young golfer who was her constant companion in her last years. Stricken with cancer in her prime, Babe went public as a self-help role model able to beat the disease. Her bravery further endeared her to the American public.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Illini Books.
  • 025206593X
  • 9780252065934
  • 2,035,045

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"Supremely gifted, [Zaharias] was brash, coarse, and loud, and this biography tells her story wonderfully." -- Library Journal. "A masterful portrait of a complex woman whose innate sense of showmanship allowed her to use her athletic gifts to create a mythic self. She always played in two games: the athletic contest and the mythic drama that made the contest matter." -- Sport History Reviewshow more

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