Personality, Feb. 2, 1953

AT their first sight of Mildred Didrikson Zaharias on the golf course, spectators often react like sideshow gawkers; they are first filled with awe, then with doubt, then with wonder. Obviously, they feel, no woman should be able to hit a golf ball so far (her longest drive: 315 yards).

But in 20 years of competition, this 5 ft6 in. phenomenon with grey-green eyes, slightly bowed legs and squared shoulders has accomplished feats which for sheer diversity have seldom been equaled by any athlete, male or female. She broke two world records at the...

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