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!
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) August 19, 2014
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.”
“If Mo’ne Davis’ baseball career follows that of most girls who love the sport, it will be over by high school” http://t.co/rCFj7Ic5U6
— TIME.com (@TIME) August 19, 2014
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.”
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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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