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From Mildred to Babe

From Mildred to Babe
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     challenging words:    championship, equipment, gymnastics, harmonica, outstanding, sandlot, semi-professional, traveled, nickname, backyard, home, pitched, carpenter, just, country, died
     content words:    Babe Ruth, Olympic Games, Los Angeles, George Zaharias, Ladies Professional Golf Association, Woman Athlete, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Babe Zaharias Trophy

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From Mildred to Babe
By Jody Williams

1     "Mildred just hit a home run!" That is what the boys from the sandlot used to say. That didn't sound quite right. Mildred was changed to "Babe." Mildred "Babe" Didrikson got her nickname because she batted like Babe Ruth. She kept that nickname the rest of her life.
2     Mildred "Babe" Didrikson was born on June 26, 1911. She was born in Texas. Her father was a sailor and carpenter. Her mother was a famous skater from Norway. Babe was from a family of seven children. She was number six. All of the children became very good gymnasts. Their father built them gymnastics equipment. They practiced in their backyard. Babe played baseball and basketball too.
3     Babe went to work for a company in 1930. She did office work. The company had a semi-professional women's basketball team. She was the star. The company decided to start a track and field team. They had a championship meet. Babe was in 8 events. She placed first in five of them. She then was told she could go to the 1932 Olympic Games. Babe won gold medals in three events.

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