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Sports Personalities Issue

Two commemorative stamps, one honoring Babe Zaharias and the other Bobby Jones, were issued at the World Golf Hall of Fame in Pinehurst, North Carolina, on September 22, 1981. The stamps were designed by Richard Gangel of Weston, Connecticut and modeled by Clarence Holbert.

Mildred (Babe) Didrikson Zaharia, an accomplished woman athlete, won many honors in both golf, and track and field, including two world records at the 1932 Olympics. After the Olympics, she became a professional athlete and excelled in many sports. She began her championship record in golf in 1940 and won every available woman's title at least once during the next decade. In 1950, she was chosen by an Associated Press poll as the outstanding woman of the first half of the 20th century.

Bobby Jones was the first golfer to win both the British and US Open titles (1926). In 1930, he won the "Grand Slam of Golf" - the US Open, the British Open, the US Amateur, and the British Amateur. He retired soon afterward, and is considered the greatest amateur who ever played the game.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (August 20, 1981).


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