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Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century, Babe Didrikson Zaharias Set of Golf Clubs

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Said legendary golfer Babe Didrikson Zaharias of the sport,

“There are times when a golfer is tempted to throw her clubs away and forget the whole ‘humblin’ business.’ At other times, she wouldn’t trade places with a queen–that’s when the shots are long and true, and putts are dropping.”

Zaharias led an epic athletic career before passing away in her early 40’s from a long battle with cancer.

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Traditionally a sport dominated by men, Zaharias redefined the role of a lady golfer. Said New York Times journalist Charles McGrath of her,

“She broke the mold of what a lady golfer was supposed to be. The ideal in the 20s and 30s was Joyce Wethered, a willowy Englishwoman with a picture-book swing that produced elegant shots but not especially long ones. Zaharias developed a grooved athletic swing reminiscent of Lee Trevino’s, and she was so strong off the tee that a fellow Texan, the great golfer Byron Nelson, once said that he knew of only eight men who could outdrive her. “It’s not enough just to swing at the ball,” Babe said. ‘You’ve got to loosen your girdle and really let the ball have it.'”

In 1949 she was voted the greatest female athlete of the half century by The Associated Press, a selection that surprised no one.

She won 17 straight women’s amateur victories, a feat never equaled by anyone. By 1950, she had won every golf title available. Totaling both her amateur and professional victories, Zaharias won a total of 82 golf tournaments. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1951, and even won two Olympic gold medals in 1932 for an epic javelin throw and feat at hurdles.

Check out this short clip where legendary 1950’s golfer Jack Burke talks about playing with Zaharias during that time —

She was America’s first female golf celebrity in her own right.

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In our current February auction, we have a set of clubs personally owned and tournament used by the incredible athlete —

Babe Didrikson Zaharias Personally Owned Golf Clubs Used in the Tam O’Shanter Tournaments — Named Female Athlete of the 20th Century by the Associated Press

The legendary athlete used these in the Tam O’Shanter’s All American Tournaments where she often emerged victorious.

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Set of MacGregor Tommy Armour clubs was used by Zaharias until she finalized her endorsement deal with Wilson Sporting Goods Co., and comprises: (1-2) 985T 9 Irons, (3-6) 653T Woods, (7) 152T Double Service P.P. Wedge, (8) Silver Scot #11 Wedge, (9) IMG Iron Master Putter.

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All housed in a Hughes patented pipe organ golf bag with four matching headcovers. With a metal tag naming ”Henry Bolesta / Golf Professional” and Zaharias’ name filled in. Bolesta was a well-known golf pro of the era and often played with Zaharias.

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Accompanied by two photos of Zaharias with her clubs and an LOA from the Babe Zaharias Golf Foundation.

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To auction, buy, consign or sell Babe Zaharias memorabilia or golf memorabilia, please contact Nate@NateDSanders.com.


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