Softball, a team sport popular around the world and especially in the United States is derived from baseball. This popular field game has marked its entry into the Olympics and gained recognition in many parts of the world.
Born on September 3, 1980, this talented softball player started playing softball at the age of five and began pitching since the age of eight. Receiving an early training from her father, she mastered the skills of softball and represented her college in softball tournaments. She has always been inspiring young talent in this sport.
In the Summer Olympics of 2004, her team (USA) won a gold. She is regarded as the most famous softball player of all time.
Born on September 8, 1977, Crystl Bustos is a Mexican American softball player who holds the world record for home runs during an Olympic series. She was a part of the 2008 Olympics team (USA). She has won two World Cup Championships and is the winner of three Pan American golds. She was honored with the 2008 USA Softball Player of the Year title.
Born on February 22, 1971, Lisa Fernandez was a good student at school with a natural flair for baseball. At the early age of eight, she began to play in the children's league and after moving to California, joined her school's softball team.
In 1994, she led her team in the Women's College World Series Championship after which she was selected in the US Women's Olympic Softball Team. She has won gold medals in the Pan American Games as well as the Olympics. Currently, Lisa is the assistant coach for women's softball team at UCLA.
Born on April 16, 1983, Cat Osterman was a brilliant softball player since school. She represented her school in softball and made it proud by setting several records in softball as a part of her school team. Her educative years in the University of Texas witnessed her outstanding performances in several softball tournaments.
She was the first softball player to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. She was a part of the USA Women's softball team that won a gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She is also the proud winner of the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
She has pitched 20 NCAA career no-hitters and 7 career NCAA Division I perfect games. She continues to be one of the most recognized players of international baseball.
Michele Mary Smith
Born on June 21, 1967, she is a two-time gold medalist for the Olympic softball team. She has played in the Japanese Professional Softball League from 1993 to 2008. She is an Ambassador of Softball and a Softball Analyst for ESPN. In 2006, she was inducted to the ASA Softball Hall of Fame.
Born on April 11, 1987, she lettered in softball when in Brookswood Secondary School and took her team to three league championships. During her freshman and senior years, she was named as the Most Valuable Player. She began her career with the Pac-10 2006 Second Team.
She went on to represent the Canadian National Team at the 2008 Olympics. There she pitched 12 innings. In 2010, she pitched for the USSSA Florida Pride and joined the professional ranks of the NPF.
Born on April 26, 1978, she began to play softball at the age of 10. She played travel ball for many teams and lettered in softball, basketball, and volleyball at St. Lucy's Priory High School. She received the softball scholarship at UCLA. She debuted in the 2000 Summer Olympics and brought her team a gold medal.
At the 2004 Olympics, Team USA came out as the world's best team. Stacey Nuveman has been named to the NPF All-Stars.
This American baseball player from California was the NCAA National Champion in 2013 and was named as the Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year in 2015. Her college career spanned from 2012 to 2015. In 2012, she was the second-highest home run scorer in the country.
She became the Big 12 Player of the Week thrice, making her the first freshman in Big 12 Softball history to receive the honor three times. During these years, she was always in the country's top few players for different statistical categories. In 2010-11, Chamberlain was a part of the Junior Women's National Team and she played for Team USA in 2013.
Born on September 12, 1986, she is a right-handed softball pitcher from California. She started playing for Arizona Wildcats. In the 2007 Women's College World Series, she was named to the All-Tournament team and given the award for the Most Outstanding Player.
The same year, she also won two ESPY awards for Best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete. During her professional career, she played for National Pro Fastpitch and Washington Glory.
Born on December 16, 1985, she is a right-handed softball pitcher from Virginia. A student of James River High School and Virginia Tech, she played for the Virginia Tech softball team between 2005 and 2008. From 2013, she was the Virginia Tech's softball pitching coach.
She was signed for a $10 million multi-year deal by the Akron Racers. She was named to the 2008 All-NPF Team. She holds records in wins, strikeouts, strikeout ratio, no-hitters, shutouts, and innings pitched. In the NCAA Division I, she is among the five pitchers to get 100 wins and 1,000 strikeouts.
These were some of the softball talents the world has seen. They have received many honors and moreover, won the hearts of their fans and sports enthusiasts across the globe.