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True Courage

March 16, 2010

You will see in the sidebar today a nice little retrospective on Babe Zaharias.  All of last year when people were going crazy about Tiger’s courage playing with a boo boo I kept waiting for someone to mention how this pales in comparison to what Babe accomplished in 1954. Of course they did not at Torrey, or at Bethpage. Do I have anything against Tiger?, well a bit, but most of it is for his on course behavior, the cursing , club throwing, and having a classless thug for a caddy. I have much more against Johnny Miller and the ceaseless media chorus of sycophantic praise for everything Tiger does. Winning the U.S. Open on a broken leg is neat.  Winning the U.S. Open while wearing a bag and dying is true courage.

“Babe also waged a personal battle against colon cancer. Diagnosed in 1953, she underwent surgery and returned to the LPGA in 1954.  Upon her comeback, she won her third U.S. Women’s Open at Salem Country Club, in Peabody, Mass., and proceeded to win her first and only Vare Trophy in that same year.”

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  1. Tilly permalink
    March 16, 2010 6:24 pm

    Thankfully, Babe did not have the burden/luxury of massive corporate sponsorship. She was able to focus on her athleticism and achieve greatness without a hyper marketing machine distorting her achievements. Alas, she is an unsung hero of the sport.

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