Milestones, Oct. 8, 1956

Died. Mildred Ella ("Babe") Didrikson Zaharias, 42, sinewy, square-jawed Texas tomboy who played baseball with a House of David team, barnstormed nationally in basketball, boasted "Ah'm gonna lick you!" and did in 632 out of 634 women's athletic events in her teens, set records (later broken) in the 80-meter hurdles and javelin throw in the 1932 Olympics (where she also tied for first place in the high jump, was dropped to second for her unorthodox style), discovered golf in 1931 and was soon outdriving men ("You've got to loosen your girdle and really...

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