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Jennie Finch to Retire

One of the best pitchers in the history of the sport will hang them up after the KFC World Cup of Softball this week when Jennie Finch plays in her last tournament.

Finch has won numerous awards and titles over the course of her career, including the 2001 national title with Arizona, a Gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and a Silver in Beijing in 2008. Finch is also one of the most popular players ever, both due to the fact that she has appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, but also because of her camps and her work to get softball back into the Olympics.

Finch will work with ASA director Ron Radigonda to lobby the IOC for softball’s re-instatement into the Olympics, and she will also finish the season for her professional team, the Chicago Bandits.

The KFC World Cup of softball features Team USA, Japan, Canada and a USA Futures team. It is a round robin competition with a 3rd place game and a championship game after pool play.

Due in part to Finch’s popularity and success, softball has grown around the world. The professional league National Pro Fastpitch was formed in 2004, and is increasing in popularity and legitimacy every year. Hopefully Finch will be able to do as much off the field as she did on it.

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