She won 157 singles titles, including 18 Grand Slam events, and at least one major championship for a record 13 consecutive years (1974-86).
"Chris was comfortably located on the Baseline of Life from an early age, tutored by her father, dressed in frilly jumpers by her mother, constitutionally disciplined by an unwavering will. Even now she estimates that more than three fourths of her wins can be attributed to her concentration."
—FRANK DEFORD SI, May 26, 1986
The LPGA Hall of Famer and four-time LPGA player of the year has 48 career tournament victories—and still counting.
"She has been to the women's professional golf tour what Billie Jean King was to women's tennis—the individual who, because of her energy and skill, almost single-handedly brought widespread acceptance to a game previously regarded with indifference or contempt."
—JONATHAN YARDLEYS SI, Nov. 19, 1979
Winning 82 tournaments, including 13 majors, she popularized women's golf by drawing large galleries and television audiences.
"This tall and graceful blonde from San Diego proved last week at Churchill Valley Country Club that when she is right, and she is right a good deal of the time, there is no golf course short enough for the rest of the girls to play that is long enough to offer any serious problem to Mickey Wright."
—GWILYM BROWN SI, July 6, 1959