Mo'ne Davis Takes Sports World by Storm

Thirteen-year-old Little League sensation Mo’ne Davis became the first girl to pitch a shutout in the 67-year history of the Little League World Series. Last Friday, she threw a two-hitter and struck out eight for a 4-0 win over Nashville. The eighth grader, standing 5’4″, is now also the first little leaguer to ever be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated!

Sports Illustrated manager editor Chris Stone points out, “The writer, Albert Chen, said it perfectly in the story, ‘She’s a lot of things to a lot of different people, all of them good things: a totem for inner-city baseball, a role model for your 10-year-old niece, a role model for your 10-year-old nephew.’ Most of all, she’s a laid-back kid just having a really good time.”

Davis’ single RBI in Philadelphia’s win over Pearland, Texas this week made her the sixth girl to collect a hit in World Series history. Given her accomplishments in baseball, it’s surprising that her dream is to play basketball for the University of Connecticut. “To be honest, I never thought I’d be famous for baseball,” she says. “I want to play basketball, and I could also do both basketball and baseball — but I really want to play basketball.

She’s also learning to deal with the media spotlight. “People were like, ‘Oh, there are going to be people running up to you taking pictures’ and I thought it was going to be a bunch of little kids. But it’s grown-ups! And that’s, like, creepy,” she said.

Philadelphia’s next game will be 8/20/14 (tomorrow) against Las vegas, and Alex Rice, Philly’s manager, expects Davis to be on the mound. Be sure to check it out!

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