Vol MMXVI, No 271
September 27, 1956
Babe Didrikson Zaharias dies of Cancer at 45
Babe Zaharias dies
On this date in 1956, famed professional golpher, olympic athlete and woman athelete of the 20th century, Babe Didrikson Zaharias died of colon cancer at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.
Zaharias excelled in every sport she played. In addition to winning two gold medals in the US Olympics, she exceeded in golf, basketball, track, and also was an avid roller skater. In 1938, she was the first woman to compete in the Los Angeles Open. It would be another 50 years before another woman competed in the PGA. In 1999, Sports Illustrated declared Babe Didrikson Zaharias the Woman Athlete of the 20th Century.
Babe was born in Port Arthur in 1914. At the time of her death at age 45, she was still at the top of her golf game.
Texas Joins the Television Age
On this date in 1947, WBAP-TV in Fort Worth became the first television station in Texas to begin broadcasting.