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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Finch set records, transcended the game


Jennie Finch was once described by Time magazine as the most famous softball player in history.

Her looks and style transcended the sport and her records speak for themselves.

"Yeah, I may be wearing makeup," Finch says, "but I can throw a ball by you."

Finch helped Team USA win gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and silver at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

As one of the most dominant college pitchers ever, Finch won an NCAA record 60 consecutive games at the University of Arizona. Her streak spanned two seasons and included three straight wins at the 2001 Women's College World Series, where she was named Most Outstanding Player. She was a three-time All-America pick.

Finch played volleyball, basketball and softball in high school and was the captain of all three sports at La Mirada High School in California.

Finch, who has two older brothers, started playing softball at the age of 5 and pitching at 8. Finch started playing for a 10-and-under traveling all-star team a year later and spent weekends playing all over Southern California. When she was 12, she helped the California Cruisers to the American Softball Association national title in Chattanooga, Tenn. In 1995, Finch's ASA team captured the 14-and-under crown.

Finch retired from softball in 2010 to focus on her family. Finch married former Major League Baseball pitcher Casey Daigle in 2005. They have two sons, Ace, 6, and Diesel, 11 months.

"I would love for our children to play sports," Finch says. "It made us who we are."

In 2011, Finch co-authored "Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself." She will run her softball camps throughout the country from May through November.