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  • lacoliseumThe #LosAngelesMemorialColiseum is proud to recognize March as #WomensHistoryMonth and celebrate the achievements of women and their role in both our history, as well as the history of the United States.
    Mildred "Babe" Didrikson-Zaharias was an American athlete who achieved a great deal of success in golf, basketball and track & field. Born and raised in Texas to immigrants from Norway, she acquired the nickname "Babe" after she hit five home runs as a child playing in a softball game.
    Didrikson won two gold medals (hurdles and javelin) and one silver medal (high jump) for track and field in the 1932 Los Angeles @Olympics which were held at the Coliseum. Shortly thereafter, Didrikson began to take up the sport of golf, and when she was denied amateur status, she fought to compete in the Los Angeles Open- a men's #PGA (Professional Golfers' Association) tournament. For almost six decades, Didrikson was the only woman to have competed against men in the @PGAtour.
    Didrikson became America's first female golf celebrity and the leading player of the 1940s and early 1950s. Having formally turned professional in 1947, Didrikson dominated the Women's Professional Golf Association and later the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), of which she was a founding member. Serious illness ended her career in the mid-1950s, however, her remarkable achievements stand the test of time: totaling both her amateur and professional victories, Zaharias won 82 golf tournaments, including 10 #LPGA major championships.
    #Zaharias was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Women's Golf in 1951. In 1957, she posthumously received the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship. She was one of six initial inductees into the @LPGA_tour Hall of Fame at its inception in 1977.
    In 2008, she was named the 10th Greatest North American Athlete of the 20th Century by @ESPN, and the 9th Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century by the Associated Press.
    In honor of her incredible achievements in sports, and in breaking the gender barrier, #BabeDidrikson holds a plaque within the Coliseum's Court of Honor.

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