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SUBJECT: BABE AND GEORGE ZAHARIAS
Joan Flynn Dreyspool
May 14, 1956
In a home hushed by illness, an ex-wrestler cares tenderly for the wife he adores, and reminisces with her about the great moments they have shared
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May 14, 1956

Subject: Babe And George Zaharias

In a home hushed by illness, an ex-wrestler cares tenderly for the wife he adores, and reminisces with her about the great moments they have shared

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George Zaharias 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 available space.

"Look!" Zaharias opened a cupboard door and took out an old cardboard golf-ball box. "More medals."

They were 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 that."

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."

Jack Dempsey, heavyweight champion of another era, had scrawled, "The greatest champion of all time, my pal, Babe."

Zaharias picked up a letter he had received that morning with a check enclosed to the "Babe Didrikson Zaharias Fund, Inc."

"When Babe 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 detection.'

"Then John 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.

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