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One of the most gifted athletes in the world Babe Didrikson Zaharias dominated track and field winning two Olympic gold medals in 1932 She went on to compete in baseball bowling basketball tennis and particularly in golf The American public was smitten with her wit frankness and unladylike bravado She became an American legend The legend was challenged however by members of the press and society who insinuated that her femininity even her femaleness were suspect that   there was something different even wrong about this preternaturally gifted woman in a male dominated world She had ably used her androgyny and her powerful athleticism to promote herself but.

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Babe The Life and Legend of Babe Didrikson Zaharias Sport and Society

She soon felt compelled to craft herself into a marketable female role model particularly in connection with the proper world of golf To increase her opportunities for competitive play in this field she became a co founder and officer of the Ladies Professional Golf Association LPGA As a major step in her makeover Babe already had married George Zaharias a wrestling promoter who was a vital partner in her constant efforts at self promotion But by 1950 Babe was deeply involved with a young golfer Betty Dodd whose for the record discussion of their remarkable love is included in Babe Stricken with cancer in her prime Babe went on to courageously and publicly.

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Fight the disease Babe is a comprehensive in depth biography of a woman who was a great athlete at a time when it was extremely difficult for a woman  to be her own person Through interviews with members of Babe's family her golf peers and medical personnel Cayleff caringly reveals the life and probes the legend of this unusual American hero She unflinchingly examines the athletic community the media and the society that both loved and judged Babe whose story embodies the struggle of all women who dare to transcend stereotypes and claim their own definitions and uniue identities Babe allows her to be all the hero and all the human being she was meant to be.


3 thoughts on “Babe The Life and Legend of Babe Didrikson Zaharias Sport and Society

  1. says:

    What an amazing athlete I found the writing to be a bit repetitive The author repeated so many times the same behavior or struggles that Babe en

  2. says:

    Overall very well researched and well written I have so much knowledge about and respect for Babe after reading this book However I do think that there were points in the book where the author forces her opinions about Babe onto the reader although that is somewhat inevitable when writing a biography

  3. says:

    Excellently researched and beautifully insightful biography Cayleff doesn't just focus on the details of Zaharias's life although she does that well she also thoughtfully explores the impact of cultural ideals of masculinity femininit