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“Babe” Didrikson was the greatest female athlete in U.S. history. Born in Port Arthur and reared in Beaumont, Mildred Didrikson got her nickname playing sandlot baseball with the boys because she reminded them of Babe Ruth. In high school she played basketball but later expanded her activities to include golf, the shot put, javelin and baseball throws, the 80-meter hurdles, the long jump and the discus throw. In the 1932 Olympics she won gold medals in the javelin throw, hurdles and the high jump. She later turned professional to make money for her family: She performed in vaudeville and pitched in major-league spring-training baseball games.