Jennie Finch

Greatest Softball Player of All Time

Career

Jennie Finch is an American, former collegiate All-American, right-handed softball pitcherand first baseman originally from La Mirada, California. She pitched for the Arizona Wildcats, the USA National Softball Team and the Chicago Bandits. Finch won the 2001 Women's World Series and helped lead Team USA to the gold medal at the 2004 Su,met Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Time magazine described her as the most famous softball player in history. In 2010, Finch retired from softball to focus on her family. In August 2011, she started work as a color analyst for ESPN doing National Pro Softball and college softball games. Finch is ranked in several categories for both the Wildcats in the Pac-12 the NCAA Division 1.

Career Highlights

  • Two-time Olympic medalist
  • Two-time Pan American Games gold medalist
  • Three-time World Cup champion
  • Three-time World champion
  • 2009 U.S.A Softball Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2008 NPF champion with Chicago Bandits
  • Women’s Sports Foundation Athlete Advisory Panel member

Awards

  • Finch has had the honor to be a two- time world champion along with being an Olympic gold and silver medalist. Along with these awards she is also a two- time Pan American gold medalist in 2003 and 2007. While at University of Arizona Finch was a two- time Honda Award Winner while also being Arizona’s co- winner of the Rugby Award.


Personal Life

Finch has two older brothers, Shane and Landon. She began playing softball at age five and pitching at age eight. Her father was her first pitching coach. Growing up, Finch was a bat girl for the University of California, Los Angeles. At La Mirada High School, Finch lettered four times in softball and twice each in basketball and volleyball. As a senior, she was the captain of all three sports. As a sophomore, she was an All-California Interscholastic Federation Division II choice in softball and All-Suburban League selection. In 2016, La Mirada retired her jersey number—the school's first for a softball player.

Jennie Finch Strikes Out Albert Pujols