|Jennie Finch Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||September 3, 1980|
Jennie Finch is a former American professional softball pitcher who has been widely regarded as one of the greatest softball pitchers. With her list of achievements and contributions in the sports industry, it’s no doubt as to why many have dubbed her as one of the best and one of the most famous softball pitchers in history.
Jennie Lynn Finch
La Mirada, California, United States
She attended La Mirada High School. She also went to the University of California, Los Angeles. Finch also attended the University of Arizona where she majored in communications.
Former Professional Softball Player
- Siblings – Shane Finch (Older Brother), Landon Finch (Older Brother)
She is represented by Finch Windmill Company, La Mirada, California, United States.
6 ft or 183 cm
65 kg or 143.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Jennie Finch has dated –
- Richard Jefferson (2000)
- Casey Daigle (2005-Present) – Jennie Finch and former Major League Baseball pitcher Casey Daigle got married on January 15, 2005. The couple has 2 sons together, namely, Ace Shane who was born on May 4, 2006, and Diesel Dean who was born on June 11, 2011. Their growing family welcomed another member on January 12, 2013, when Jennie gave birth to her daughter Paisley Faye.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of American descent.
Jennie Finch Facts
- She started playing softball at the age of 5 and began pitching when she was aged 8.
- Her father was her first pitching coach.
- On February 5, 1999, her career first kicked off by winning a run-rule game against the UIC Flames. At the time, she acquired a career-high in doubles and disregarded her first career no-hitter during the NCAA tournament on May 21 vs the Texas State Bobcats.
- During her sophomore year, she was named into the 2000 National Fastpitch Coaches Association First Team All-American and First Team All-Pac-10. She started her year by piling up 21 consecutive winning streaks in a 10-2 run-rule against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on February 6, 2000, to shutout win over Cal State Northridge Matadors on April 13, 2000.
- In the final season of her senior year, she was named to 2000 First Team for the NFCA and the Pac-10 conference. She was also named the “Pitcher of the Year” and “Honda Player of the Year”.
- Her jersey number 27 was retired by the University of Arizona in a pre-game ceremony at Hillenbrand Stadium on May 9, 2003.
- In the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, Finch scored a 2-0 win-loss record, during which she struck out 13 batters in 8 innings while giving up only 1 hit, 1, walk, and no runs. In addition, it was said that her pitching style helped the American team to its gold medal victory.
- She pitched for the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) softball league in the past.
- She was named NPF’s “Co-Pitcher of the Year” in 2005 alongside teammate Lauren Bay.
- In 2002, ESPN called Finch the “runaway winner” of the Best Dressed competition at the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards.
- Finch received the most votes in an ESPN online poll as the most attractive female athlete in 2003. In 2004, People magazine named her as one of its “50 Most Beautiful People”, the only female athlete on the list.
- On July 20, 2010, Finch announced her retirement from softball to focus on her family.
Featured Image by Jennie Finch / Instagram