Babe Didrickson-August 19,2010
My hero for August 19th is Babe Didrickson
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. ~Exodus 15:2
Babe Didrickson seemed to excel at everything she put her mind to. Never one to sit quietly on the sidelines, she entered the world of sports and became quite the athlete, even winning two Olympic gold medals.
Here is an interesting quote from Wikipedia:
Zaharias broke the accepted models of femininity in her time, including the accepted models of female athleticism. Although just 5’5″ tall, she was physically strong and socially straightforward about her strength. Although a sports hero to many, she was also derided for her “manliness”. She died 10 years before the Second Wave of feminism altered the social landscape of the United States and made women athletes, such as Billie Jean King, more acceptable.
Babe is best known for being a golfer but she also did track and field, baseball (She always claimed to have acquired the nickname “Babe” (after Babe Ruth) upon hitting five home runs in a childhood baseball game, but she was called “Baby” as a toddler.), basketball etc. She was named as the Best Female Athlete of the Century and really redefined both what it meant to be a woman and an athlete.
Babe Didrickson is the epitome of strength. And so I honor her today. God bless Babe Didrickson