The Other Babe Could Play Baseball, Too

She wasn’t called “Babe” for nothing!

With so many U.S. women having taken gold medals in the just-concluded Summer Olympic Games, I (Evander) wanted to call your attention to perhaps the greatest all-round woman athlete of them all. The aptly named Babe Didrikson Zaharias (she married a Greek pro wrestler) earned the name “Babe” from the time, in girlhood, she hit five home runs in a game. Her baseball career didn’t end there. As a barnstorming pitcher for the House of David (the murky spiritual colony that sported Old Testament-length beards; they earn a mention in Right Off the Bat) and other clubs, Didrikson is said to have struck out Joe DiMaggio, on three pitches no less, with her blazing overhand stuff.


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Co-author of the book, "Right Off the Bat: Baseball, Cricket, Literature, and Life"
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