"I get so
mad," she said. "I was feeling so good down here, getting dressed and
going out in the sun and everything, and by golly, something else knocks me
down, like this pleurisy."
There was an
expression of hurt on her face as though a good friend had let her down.
"The thing I
don't understand," she said, "is I've taken such good care of my body
all my life. You go through it and you fight and you fight and you hope and you
pray, then something worse hits you like this last one, cancer of the sacrum.
It's going to make it tough for me to come back."
"Last year at
the Texas Hall-of-Fame dinner," Zaharias spoke, " Ben Hogan said, 'Babe
has set the standard for us all, and that's what we're playing by. That's
probably why we have Babe with us today, because she has prepared her body and
taken such good care of it.' "
affirmatively at her husband's words. "I like Ben very much and always
have. I like his competitive spirit. I think he's the finest competitor the
world has ever known in sports. He plays to win, but to be able to play like he
wanted to play, he had to lose a lot of friends."
don't say that," Zaharias entreated.
continued. "It's true, but he's won his friends back again since then. I
don't say Ben's the greatest golfer in the world or the greatest swinger of a
golf club, but nobody ever worked like him."
you," her husband said.
golf came easy to me because I was a good athlete," she said indignantly,
"but there's not any girl on the tour who worked near as hard as I did in
golf. It was the toughest game I ever tackled. Those early sports I did when I
was a kid never made much impression on me. I just happened to fall into it. Of
course, I was quite happy every time I won. I was like that in school, a
competitor. I wanted to get the best marks. My mother encouraged us all in
sports. So did my father. They gave us every opportunity they could and never
stopped us from doing anything.