Michele Mary Smith

For other people named Michelle Smith, see Michelle Smith (disambiguation).
Michele Mary Smith
Personal information
Born (1967-06-21) June 21, 1967
Califon, New Jersey
Alma mater Oklahoma State University (1989)
Sport Softball
College team Oklahoma State Cowboys
Medal record
Women's softball
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
1996 Atlanta Team competition
2000 Sydney 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).


Associated teams

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Smith, Michele. "Bio". The Official Website of Michele Smith. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  2. Newman, Mark (2012-08-19). "Softball Legend Smith Makes History in TV Booth". MLB. Archived from the original on 2015-12-05.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Smith, Michele. "Fun Facts". The Official Website of Michele Smith. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  4. "Annual Awards". New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 2007-05-21.
  5. 1 2 "Enrollees". Shasta County Sports Hall of Fame.
  6. "Hall of Fame Members". ASA/USA Softball.
  7. "The History of the Redding Rebels".
  8. "Historical Rosters". National Pro Fastpitch.
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