Babe Didrikson Zaharias had one driving goal: to become the greatest athlete who ever lived. And she made good on that promise with a meteoric rise to famed basketball player, Olympic medalist, and top female golfer. But there was more to Babe than just sports. Noted novelists and sportswriters Rich and Sandra Wallace expose the many controversies surrounding this famous female athlete -- her upbringing, personality, marriage, and even her early death. This action-packed story of a woman ESPN ranks as #10 of the top North American athletes of the twentieth century also includes personal and professional photographs, quotes, a bibliography, and an index.
"Babe Didrikson Zaharias is perhaps the most accomplished athlete that young people have never heard of....Though not a purposeful feminist, she redefined how female athletes were supposed to look and act. Her life story as drawn from contemporary news articles and interviews is fascinating and inspirational, and it is punctuated with photographs like Zaharias shooting targets with Amelia Earhart and giving Sam Snead tips on his golf swing. This is part sports journalism, part narrative nonfiction, and part proof that professional athletes can be exemplary role models for young people." -- Erin Anderson, Booklist
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|Rich Wallace, Sandra Neil Wallace
|Mar 1, 2014