By Alex Myers
What to make of this picture of Babe Ruth and Babe Zaharias kissing before a charity golf tournament?
Let's break it down:
-- First, some background. Zaharias, who was married to wrestler George Zaharias, and Ruth, who was married to actress and model Claire Merritt Hodgson, were not an item. This was a friendly kiss that occurred at Babe Ruth's Cancer Fund Golf Tournament in Miami on February 29, 1948. Sadly, the Yankees legend would die of cancer less than six months later.
-- Onto more happier things, it's a picture of Babe Ruth and Babe Zaharias, arguably the greatest male and female athletes ever! Ruth re-wrote baseball record books and was a celebrity golf pioneer. Zaharias won 10 major championships as a golfer and two Olympic gold medals in track and field.
-- Babe Ruth's golf shirt is awesome. It's literally a Hawaiian shirt, listing places within in the state and showing people surfing and swimming. I want one.
-- Is that Raymond Floyd behind Ruth's right arm?
Here's another pic from that day:
-- Love Babe Ruth putting with a cigar hanging from his mouth. Not even Miguel Angel Jimenez pulls off that look as well.
-- Love Babe Zaharias being so excited about the other Babe's putt.
-- Love how everyone seems to be watching intently where that ball is going -- except for the younger golfer (identified as University of Miami golfer Al Besselink) behind Zaharias. What is he looking at?! It's Babe Ruth putting! Show some respect!