Michele Mary Smith

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Michele Mary Smith
Personal information
Born (1967-06-21) June 21, 1967 (age 52)
Califon, New Jersey
Sport
Sport Softball
College team Oklahoma State Cowboys
Olympic medal record
Representing  United States
Women's Softball
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place Atlanta 1996 Team Competition
Gold medal – first place Sydney 2000 Team Competition

Michele Mary Smith (born June 21, 1967, in Califon, New Jersey) is left-handed fastpitch softball pitcher. Smith is a double Olympic Softball gold medalist with the United States women's national softball team, having played in the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.[1] She has been ESPN's lead college softball color analyst since 1998.[1]

In 2012, Smith became the first woman to serve as commentator for a nationally-televised Major League Baseball game.[2]

Early life and education

Smith started playing softball at the age of 5.[3] She attended Voorhees High School in Glen Gardner, New Jersey, where she set school records for wins, strikeouts and no-hitters. She continued her pitching career at Oklahoma State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in health and wellness and finishing with a 0.75 Earned Run Average.[1]

On July 21, 1986, while Smith's father was driving her home from an oral surgeon's appointment, the sleeping Smith was thrown from the truck when her door opened on a turn. She was thrown into a roadside post, chopping off part of her elbow bone and tearing her triceps from her left arm, which severed the muscle and nerve endings in her golden pitching arm. The accident forced her to not only face the trauma of her injury, but also the end of her life as she had known it. "It was like losing my identity," she says. Her life was far from over: after 9 intensive months of rehab she made her comeback as a pitcher at Oklahoma State University. She returned throwing 3 mph faster than before the accident.[3]

Personal life

Softball is not Smith's only calling: she has also played basketball and field hockey.[3] She is often called Smitty, Lefty, and Silky (for her "silky" arm swing).

Honors

Associated teams

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Smith, Michele. "Bio". The Official Website of Michele Smith. Retrieved 2015-12-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Newman, Mark (2012-08-19). "Softball Legend Smith Makes History in TV Booth". MLB. Archived from the original on 2015-12-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Smith, Michele. "Fun Facts". The Official Website of Michele Smith. Retrieved 2015-12-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Annual Awards". New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 2007-05-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Enrollees". Shasta County Sports Hall of Fame.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Hall of Fame Members". ASA/USA Softball.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "The History of the Redding Rebels".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Historical Rosters". National Pro Fastpitch.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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