The game has lost one of its greats, pitcher KG Fincher, who passed away yesterday, on New Year’s Eve. Fincher hailed originally from the San Diego area, and resided in Tuscon, Arizona. KG pitched the Lakewood Jets to the ISC World Tournament title in 1973. He is perhaps best remembered as a clutch pitcher, capable of getting the big outs when needed. For more on this legendary pitcher, read Bob Otto’s 2010 piece on KG, “Will to Win Drove Fincher to Greatness”:
Will to Win Drove Fincher to Greatness (by Bob Otto)
“He threw hard and he came to beat you. He believed that you were never supposed to get a hit off him.” – Bob Guy
TUCSON, AZ – Ty Cobb had it. Michael Jordan had it. Joe Namath had it. And so did K.G. Fincher.
All great athletes have it. That indomitable will to win.
For 31 years, from 1955 to 1986, no one in the sport of fastpitch softball competed harder and demanded more of himself than Fincher. No one willed himself to win more than Fincher.
International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Famer, Hice Stiles, said that Fincher was the guy you wanted on the mound in the seventh inning with no outs and a runner on third base. Click here to read the entire story at “Otto in Focus”.