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Famous Softball Players - Jennie Finch

Jennie Finch was born on September 3, 1980. She is arguably the most famous softball player of all time. She won a gold medal as a pitcher for Team USA at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Jennie Finch was born in La Mirada, California. Finch began playing softball at the age of five and pitching at the age of eight. Her dad was her first pitching coach. She attended La Mirada High School, where she lettered four times in softball, and twice each in both basketball and volleyball. She was an All-CIF Div. 11 choice in softball and an All-Suburban League selection in her sophomore year, a great honor. Jennie Finch

Finch played softball for the University of Arizona. While there, she was a three-time All-American pitcher and first-baseman and “Honda Award” winner for the Player of the Year as a member of the Wildcat softball team. The University of Arizona retired her number – 27 – on May 9, 2003 at Hillenbrand Stadium. She recorded 24 wins in her freshman season; 29 wins in her sophomore seasons; 32 wins (and no losses) in her junior season to set an NCAA record; and 24 wins in her senior season, to amass a career total of 109 victories which was the 12th most at the time. Since then, Alicia Hollowell, Monica Abbott, Cat Osterman, Tara Penney, Keira Goerl, Brooke Mitchell, Jaimie Southern, and Kristen Schmidt have surpassed that mark while Jessica Sallinger tied it. During her time at the University of Arizona, Finch also struck out a total of 1,028 batters, the 23rd most at the time.

Finch had a 2-0 win/loss record in the 2004, Athens, Greece, Summer Olympics, striking out 13 batters in eight innings while giving up only one hit, one walk, and no runs at all. Her pitching helped lead the American team to the gold medal.

Jennie Finch brought some spotlight to the game of softball with her celebrity-like status. She appeared on season one of Pros vs Joes on Spike TV along with Bill Romanowski, Dan O’Brien, Muggsy Bogues, and Bo Jackson. Her appearance marked a first for the show, as she was the first woman to appear on it. She was featured as a contestant on the new celebrity edition of The Apprentice. She was fired by Donald Trump on January 24, 2008. She appeared on an episode of The Real House wives of Orange County, which aired December 18, 2007.

Finch married Minnesota Twins pitcher Casey Daigle on January 15, 2005, at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. They welcomed a son, Ace, on May 4, 2006.

Jennie Finch defeated Anna Kournikova in an Espn online poll as the most attractive female athlete.

Finch hosts a segment on the TV program This Week in Baseball. Her segment usually shows her pitching to major-league baseball players, using a softball and pitching from the same distance as she normally would in a softball game. Finch shows her dominance even over MLB players, as she usually strikes them out by using her 71 mph riseball that is equivalent to a fastball of nearly 100 mph in baseball and the pitcher’s rubber is 17.5 feet farther away than in softball!

Jennie Finch currently works for ESPN. She pitches for the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch Softball League. She was picked as the NPF’s Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2005, sharing the award with teammate Lauren Bay.

Finch has accumulated a lot of success during her career, while being softball’s biggest star. As a result of Jennie Finch’s popularity, softball has become a whole lot more popular in the world of sports.


 
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