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Dr. Dot Richardson was born on September 22, 1961 in Orlando, Florida. At age 13, she played in her first ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship, making her the youngest player in ASA history to play in a Women’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship. She began her career in 1972 playing for the Union Pack Jets in Orlando. When Richardson retired after the 2000 Summer Olympics, she set a legacy for herself that will be hard just to equal. Between 1972-2000, Richardson won All-America honors 15 times, played on 10 championship teams, won the Erv Lind Award (top defensive player in Women’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship) seven times, won two Olympic Gold medals, was a member of five Pan American teams, and four ISF World Championship teams.

Dot RichardsonShe hit the game winning home run that won the US team the Olympic Gold Medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics. That was also the first home run in Olympic Softball history. She was the older player at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, where she turned 39. The U.S team had dominated at the 1996 Olympics and went to the 2000 Games with a 119 game unbeaten streak. The team won the 2000 Olympic medal after beating Japan 2001 in a tense finals game.

After beginning her career with the Orlando, Florida Rebels she joined the Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, CN in 1984 and remained with them through the 1994 season before joining the California Commotion of Woodland Hills, CA for the remainder of her career. Dr. Dottie also had a career in medicine and got her medical degree from the University of Louisville in May of 1993. She did her postdoctoral residence at the university of Southern California / L.A. County Medical Center from July of 1993 to June of 1999. From July of 1999 to May of 2000, she did an orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, CA working with athletes from the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Ducks.

Since October of 2001, Dr. Richardson has been the director/medical director at the South Lake Hospital/National Training Center in Clermont, FL. Dr. Richardson has received several awards including the 1998 Sports Legends Award, the 1997 Babe Zaharias Award (Female Athlete of the Year,) the 1996 Amateur Athletic Foundation Athlete of the Year, inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in 1996, Nuprin Comeback of the Year Award in 1990, named MVP in the Women’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship four times, four time Sullivan Award nominee and inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 1999. Her college honors include NCAA Player of the Decade (1980’s), three-time NCAA All American, two-time AIAW All-American, three-time UCLA MVP and 1983 All University Award at UCLA, which was shared with Jackie Joyner Kersey. Dr. Richardson is truly a legend in the sport of softball.

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