Date of birth: Feb. 14, 1935
Place of birth: San Diego, California
Nickname: Mickey, of course. Her given name is Mary Kathryn Wright.
U.S. Women's Open: 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964
LPGA Championship: 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963
Western Open: 1962, 1963, 1966
Titleholders: 1961, 1962
Awards and Honors:
LPGA Tour money leader, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
Vare Trophy (low scoring average) winner, 1960-65
Named Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year, 1963-64
Honoree at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament, 1994
Named Greatest Female Golfer of the 20th Century by the Associated Press
Beth Daniel: "As far as a shotmaker and true feel player, Mickey Wright has it over any player I've ever seen in my life, male or female. Hers was the best swing in golf that I've ever seen."
Betsy Rawls: "I always say Mickey was the best golfer the LPGA ever had. I think most of the people who ever saw her play still think that."
Wright is the only golfer in LPGA history to hold all four majors simultaneously, achieving this feat in 1962 after winning the final three majors of 1961.
Mickey Wright Biography:
It took her a year to win her first tour event, the 1956 Jacksonville Open, but then she was off an running. She won three times each in in 1957, 1958 and 1959, and five times in 1960. By 1961, she was such a star that she already had a tournament named after her - the Mickey Wright Invitational, which she won.
Wright won 10 or more tournaments every year from 1961 (when she won three of the four majors) through 1964. That included 13 wins in 1963. Only four others have won in double digits in a single LPGA season: Betsy Rawls, Kathy Whitworth, Carol Mann and Annika Sorenstam.
In all, Wright won 82 tournaments and 13 majors. She accomplished the career Grand Slam by the age of 27.
The year 1969 was Wright's last full season on tour. She had some nagging foot and wrist injuries, and she was worn down from carrying the banner as the LPGA's biggest star. Only once after 1969 did she play in more than 10 tournaments, and most years she played just a handful. Her final victory came in 1973, and her last LPGA Tour appearance was in 1980.
Wright did play her way into a 5-way playoff at the 1979 Coca-Cola Classic (where she played in sneakers all three days), before eventually losing to Nancy Lopez.
Mickey Wright is one of the most-honored golfers in LPGA history. Before Sorenstam's domination beginning in 2001, Wright was the golfer most likely to be called the greatest player in women's golf history. Many still argue in her favor.
No less an authority than Ben Hogan said Wright's swing was the best he'd ever seen.