BABE (MILDRED) DIDRIKSON-ZAHARIAS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/20/1948 - HFSID 253118
Golfing legend Babe Didrikson Zaharias signed this typed letter to her manager about exhibition matches in Fred Corcoran in 1948. Zaharias won gold medals at the 1932 Olympics before winning the U.S. Women's Golf Open in 1948, 1950 and 1954.
Sale Price $1,360.00
BABE DIDRIKSON ZAHARIAS Golfing legend Babe Didrikson Zaharias signed this typed letter to her manager about exhibition matches in Fred Corcoran in 1948. Zaharias won gold medals at the 1932 Olympics before winning the U.S. Women's Golf Open in 1948, 1950 and 1954. Typed letter signed "Babe" in pencil. 1 page, 8¼x10¾. Jan. 20, 1948. In part: "Dear Fred, The show is doing very well here even though the weather is none too good. Werner Buck ask [sic] me about Oakland, but I sorta evaded him as he does not want to pay me 3000.00 or more… They make very big money on these shows good big crows [sic, crowds] every show… I got a letter or note from Lehey's manager for me to call Jennie Grossinger I tried to call her, but I got the report that she was out, so I did not talk to her. I was wondering how you are doing down there, are we going to play any exhibitions in that part of the country. The date with Louise Suggs is okey [sic] with me, it will give me a change and a chance to play a little golf…" "Fred" is probably Zaharias' manager FRED CORCORAN. In 1948, Zaharias (1914-1956) earned an estimated $100,000 through various promotions and exhibitions but only $3,400 in prize money on the professional tour. That year, Corcoran organized the Ladies Professional Golf Association to help popularize women's golf and increase tournament prize money. LOUISE SUGGS won the Open in 1949 and 1952. JENNIE GROSSINGER owned a resort in the Catskills in New York and likely wanted Zaharias to play an exhibition there. American all-around athlete Zaharias (1911-1956), born Mildred Ella Didrikson, was a member of the women's All-American basketball team (1930-1932), won eight events in women's national track and field championships (1930-1932) and set records and won gold medals in the 80-meter hurdles and javelin throw at the 1932 Summer Olympics. She began playing golf in 1932 and focused on the sport exclusively beginning in 1934. Between 1936 and 1954, she won every major women's golf championship, including the U.S. Women's Golf Open in 1948, 1950 and 1954. Lightly creased. Staple impression at upper left blank corner. Fine condition.
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