Jennie Finch Photo by Dina Kwit Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 18, 2014 – Legendary Bandits pitcher, Jennie Finch, and former USA softball members, Leah O’Brien-Amico and Crystl Bustos, will return to the Ballpark at Rosemont on Friday, August 1 when the Bandits take on the USSSA Pride at 7:35 p.m. CDT for a special pregame autograph signing.
Finch and company will be signing autographs prior to the game and will also be throwing out the first pitch beforehand. The autograph session will begin at 6 p.m. when the gates open and will last until 7 p.m.This will be the only time during the 2014 season that Finch will be in Rosemont to sign autographs at a Bandits game.
One of the most decorated players to ever play in a Bandits uniform, Finch played for the organization form 2005-2010. In her first season as a Bandit, she struck out 144 batters with an ERA of 0.88 in 95 innings pitched, en route to being named the NPF Co-Pitcher of the Year. In 2007, she posted an impressive 0.11 ERA while striking out 119 batters and only allowing 10 walks. Finch helped guide the Bandits to a regular season championship in 2009 with a 27-12 record. She pitched two perfect games during her NPF career with the first coming against the Philadelphia Force in 2009 and the second coming against the Akron Racers in 2010.
Not only is Finch one of the most decorated NPF players, she is also one of the most decorated in NCAA softball history. A two-time recipient of the Honda Award, presented to the nation’s best softball player, Finch holds the NCAA record for most consecutive wins with 60.
Finch, Bustos and O’Brien-Amico were members of the 2004 US Olympic team that captured the gold medal in Athens, Greece.
In addition to the pregame autograph session with the former Olympic stars, the Bandits are also hosting members of the WWII Girls Baseball Living History League.The league represents the four original teams (Rockford Peaches, Kenosha Comets, South Bend Blue Sox and Racine Belles) of the All American Girls Professional Baseball league that were portrayed in the 1992 film, “A League of Their Own”.
Additional information on the living history league can be found online at http://www.ww2girlsbaseball.com/. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet some of the biggest stars in softball history. Both individual and group tickets are available, including the MB Financial Park Party Deck, but space is limited.
For more information about or to order tickets, contact the front office at 877-722-6348. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting us on the web at www.chicagobandits.com.
About Chicago Bandits Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2014 season will be the Bandits 10th season in the NPF.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL).NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball and has been since 2002.