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Didrikson a championship team by herself
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

July 16, 1932

Babe gives a performance for the ages. Not Babe Ruth, but Babe Didrikson.

She single-handedly wins the 1932 AAU championships, which serves as the Olympic qualifying, in Evanston, Ill. The sole representative of Employers Casualty Company of Dallas, Babe scores 30 points, eight more than the runner-up team, which had 22 athletes.

In a span of three hours, the 21-year-old Didrikson competes in eight of 10 events, winning five outright and tying for first in a sixth. She sets world records in the javelin (139 feet, three inches), 80-meter hurdles (11.9 seconds), high jump (5 feet, 3 3/16 inches, tying for first with Jean Shiley) and baseball throw (272 feet, 2 inches). Babe's record in the hurdles doesn't last long, as Evelyn Hall wins her heat in 11.8 seconds; Babe beats Hall in the final, running it in 12.1 seconds.

Babe also takes first in the shot put (39 feet, 6+ inches) and long jump (17 feet, 6 5/8 inches) and finishes fourth in the discus.

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