Top 6 best softball players of all times
Although not as popular as its mother sport, baseball, softball is still quite popular amongst the Americans. Originally, it is a type of baseball played with a larger ball on a smaller court and was invented in Chicago as an indoor sport. The game had plenty of names and it was not until 1926 that it received its title of softball.
Some of its other names included mushball and since it was also practiced by women, ladies baseball. It was first included in the Olympic Games Program in 1996 and lasted until 2008. It was later removed from the program of the Olympic Games for 2012 and 2016 but it was reintroduced again, alongside baseball, as an Olympic sport for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
The main reason why softball has a relatively short lifespan in the Olympic Games is that it is not very popular outside the United States. So, similarly to baseball and American football, this sport mainly represents an American invention with a rather short history.
Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean that softball doesn’t have its successful history and players. This is why we decided to come up with a list of the most important softball players in the history of the game, as well as with their most notable performances.
Born in Houston in 1983, Cat is a former collegiate 4-time All-American and winner of two Olympic medals in softball. She retired as a 6-time pro-All-Star softball pitcher and is currently undertaking a job as a softball Assistant Coach.
She won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics pitching in the USA Women’s Softball Team and later pitched again, at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Then she won a silver medal for the USA team, in the last year when softball was an Olympic sport. She is considered as one of the greatest softball players in the world and this is why she deserves to be our number one option.
As the leader of a new softball players generation, Lauren is definitely the most influential softball member in the world on social media. She is followed on Twitter by nearly 50,000 people and over 75,000 on Instagram. She is a former Oklahoma Sooner and won the American National Softball Championship in 2013.
She spent two previous years (2011 and 2012) as a leading member of the Junior Women’s National Team and also won the title of the USA Softball Athlete of the Year back in 2010.
Born in California in 1980, Jessica Mendoza is another influential member of the softball community in the United States. She is a former softball player and current news broadcaster for the American sports channel ESPN.
Mendoza is a four-time First Team All-American outfielder and was a prominent member of the United States women’s national softball team since 2004. Similar to Cat Osterman, Jessica Mendoza also had two appearances at the Olympic Games and won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games held in Athens, as well as a silver medal four years later, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Jennie was also born in California in 1980 and she had a similar path in the American softball as Jessica Mendoza. She is a former collegiate All-American and a respected medal-winning Olympian. She is also a retired two-time pro-All-Star and pitched for two American softball teams, the Arizona Wildcats, and the Chicago Bandits.
Finch also took part in the United States team for the Olympic games in 2004 and 2008, winning a gold medal in 2004, and a silver one in Beijing in 2008. She retired from professional softball back in 2010 to focus more on her family but she soon started a collaboration with ESPN for which she has been broadcasting ever since.
She was born in January 1975 and she is one of the most prolific American softball players in the world. She is currently the head college softball coach for the Oregon State Beavers and she is a former collegiate 4-time All-American softball players.
Laura won a total of four medals from 1996 to 2008. Berg joined the United States National Softball team back in 1994 and she participated in the ISF Women’s World Championship in the same year and won her first gold medal. She was also a part of the Team USA at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics in Athens and Beijing, managing to score one gold medal and one silver medal alongside her team players.
Born Dorothy Richardson in Orlando, 1961, she grew up to become one of the most influential softball players in the world. She is a former professional softball player and a current head coach of the Liberty University softball team.
She formerly attended UCLA and started her sports career back in 1972 when she started playing for the Union Pack Jets. At the age of 13, she became the youngest player to ever play in the Women’s Major National Championships and was also considered a true prodigy on the field.
Dorothy joined the United States national team at the sports’ debut in the Olympic Games back in 1996 and she even managed to win a gold medal that year. She was an important member of the national team at the following Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 where she also managed to score a gold medal.
After her experience with the Olympic Games, Dorothy decided to make a step back in her softball career in order to pursue her first love, the medical school. Thus, after retiring from a successful international softball player career, she became a reputed orthopedic surgeon and now serves as a full-time head coach of the Lady Flames softball team.
Although softball is not your first sports choice, the game remains extremely popular, especially amongst the Americans. Nevertheless, the Australians also seem to have a passion for it since they also made an appearance at the former softball Olympic Games and managed to score some important medals.