walked quietly, speaking low if at all.
In the den,
letters to be answered were piled on the desk. A guitar stood idly in the
corner. More trophies lined the wall and were scattered unceremoniously on any
Zaharias opened a cupboard door and took out an old cardboard golf-ball box.
tarnished and piled in a jumble. There were the Olympic championship medals she
won in 1932, one for the 80-meter hurdles, the other for the javelin throw.
There were medals for the AAU women's running broad jump; the AAU women's high
jump; the AAU women's eight-pound shot put; and the AAU women's baseball throw.
And the All American Women's Golf Championship; National Sports Award; Texas
Hall of Fame; All-American women's basketball player and many more.
Zaharias opened a
guest book. "We have our friends sign it," he said. "Babe likes
An entry marked
11/9/55 had Rocky Marciano's signature. "My big thrill, Babe," he had
written. "It's been a long time coming."
heavyweight champion of another era, had scrawled, "The greatest champion
of all time, my pal, Babe."
up a letter he had received that morning with a check enclosed to the "Babe
Didrikson Zaharias Fund, Inc."
got sick and was operated on," he explained, "people started sending
money in and we didn't have any fund or anything. I asked Dr. Robert M. Moore,
her doctor, what could be done to help fight cancer, and he said, 'George, we
need two more clinics where people can go free and be examined for early
Sealy Hospital Medical Center in Galveston offered their entire staff, every
department from pathology on down to further this. That's where the money goes.
They've named it the Babe Zaharias Cancer and Tumor Clinic.