Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Memes: Babe Conquers the World: the legendary life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice.

I usually pick a work of fiction to highlight on Fridays. I thought I'd switch it up a bit and pick a biography.

Babe Conquers the World: the legendary life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace. 272 p. Calkins Creek/ Boyds Mills Press, March, 2014. 9781590789810.

Publisher synopsis: Babe Didrikson Zaharias had one driving goal: to become the greatest athlete who ever lived. And she made good on that promise with a meteoric rise to famed basketball player, Olympic medalist, and top female golfer. But there was more to Babe than just sports. Noted novelists and sportswriters Rich and Sandra Wallace expose the many controversies surrounding this famous female athlete—her upbringing, personality, marriage, and even her early death. This action-packed story of a womanESPN ranks as #10 of the top North American athletes of the twentieth century also includes personal and professional photographs, quotes, a bibliography, and an index.

First Line: Babe Didrikson donned a baseball uniform and rode to the pitcher's mound on the back of a donkey.

Page 56: On February 5, 1930, Colonel Melvorne McCombs walked into a Houston high-school basketball game looking for a star to lead his semipro women's team. The top scorer with 19 points against Houston's Reagan High was the Miss Royal Purple standout-Babe Didrikson.


  1. Hahaha, I love the beginning. That definitely makes a statement. I've never read a sports biography, maybe I should give it a try sometime! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a great weekend!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

  2. I have heard a lot about Babe but never read a book about her. Good choice. Here is my post: Mixed Book Bag

  3. Babe Didrikson was a fascinating woman, and I'd love to read her story. I'm going over to Amazon right now to see if this book is available on Kindle. Thanks for making me aware of this biography.
    My Friday excerpts are from a short story this week: INTERCEPTION.

  4. Hmm, haven't heard of this person before. Interesting choice.
    Check out my Friday 56.

  5. Crazy how someone so famous is not known by all.... LOL

    Happy weekend!