Game Changers

I was reading an online discussion that focused on apparel on the golf course because of the young golf sensation Rickie Fowler, who showed up wearing high top golf shoes that gave the appearance of basketball shoes. His pants appeared to be more of a jogging pant with an elastic pant leg bottom. His outfit caused quit the discussion to the point of some people getting a little ruffled under the collar.

As I reading the forum comments it got me to thinking about the game changers of sports, not just golf but sports in general. It seems to me that there will always be traditional people who want to keep things as is and not change the norm, then along comes that person who turns the table over and is a catalyst for new opportunities.

Although the forum comments talked about tradition and respect of the game, there seemed to be little doubt that a shoe or something as nominal as that could actual grow interest in the game.

Now I will admit that it wasn’t a pair of shoes that changed history in this story but it was an exceptional athlete that pressed the boundaries of the norm to become a very celebrated person in her own right.

Allow me to introduce you to Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

“Babe Didrikson Zaharias defied traditional femininity and proved that women can make exceptional athletes. As “the World’s Greatest Woman Athlete,” Zaharias dominated tennis, track and field, basketball, golf and baseball. Born Mildred Ella Didrikson, Zaharias got the nickname “Babe” after baseball great Babe Ruth, reflecting her baseball abilities. Her participation in several sports at Beaumont High School in Beaumont, Texas was varied and exemplary. She won two gold medals and a silver medal in track and field at the 1932 Olympics.
Though very athletically talented, it was said that golf was her sport. She won 82 tournaments, including amateur and professional, and was a founding member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. She met her husband, professional wrestler George Zaharias, while playing golf; they married in 1938. She died from colon cancer in 1956 at age 45. Among Babe Didrikson Zaharias’s legacy are a museum dedicated to her in Beaumont and topping several greatest athlete lists in the media. “ – excerpt from 10 Athletes That Changed Sports History
Posted by Teresa Edmond on September 6, 2014 in Sports

She left a legacy behind that has inspired so many people to believe that they too can be a great athlete. I truly believe that her example changed history for many young aspiring athletes which included female golfers as seen throughout the LPGA. Sometimes it just takes one person to open doors so that others can pass through it. She is but one example of a person saying no to the norm in order to break barriers that keep the majority of people down.

It may have not been a specific piece of clothing that brought about change in this instance however I can’t help but think that without people, clothes wouldn’t move anyway.

As we like to say around here….get outside and play!