Softball Icon Jennie Finch Announces Retirement

Softball Icon Jennie Finch Announces Retirement

words_Nick Engvall

Rarely does a player leave an impact on the popularity of an entire sport, but Jennie Finch’s impact on women’s softball is undeniable.

Jennie Finch at the 2010 MLB All Star GameWith statistical phenomenons to her name like 60 consecutive wins during her college career at Arizona, and championship titles at seemingly every level of competition, it’s undeniable that Finch brought attention to the sport like no one else.

Jennie Finch, an annual member of the USA National Team since 2001, has announced at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, she will be retiring after her season with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league is over.

At over 6 feet tall, Finch has dominated the sport from the circle. Her pitching in college was highlighted with 60 straight victories, including a championship at the 2001 Women’s College World Series. She followed up her collegiate career with a gold medal victory for the US National Team in 2004 at the Athens Olympics. Finch also led the US National Team to a silver medal in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics. In addition, while pitching for the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch League, Finch has recorded two perfect games, including one just a couple of weeks ago.

Finch recently appeared at the Major League Baseball All Star Game and participated in the Celebrity Softball Game.

With women’s softball no longer a sport in the Olympics, Jennie Finch will turn her focus to her family and leave the game as one of the best who ever stepped into the pitcher’s circle.

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