Lady’s First: Little League Star Mo’Ne Davis Changes The Game
Mo’ne Davis throws like…a pitcher! The 15-year-old is dominating the game of baseball and social media for leading her all male Philadelphia little league team, the Taney Dragons, to the 2014 Little League World Series (LLWS) and shutting out the competition – literally.
On only the second day of the LLWS, Davis made history as the first girl to pitch a shutout in the 67 years the games have been around.
“It’s very unreal,” Davis told the New York Times. “I never thought that at the age of 13 I would be a role model, but now it’s real. I always wanted to be a basketball role model; being a baseball role model is really cool.”
Davis understands how groundbreaking her performance is and now that she is in spotlight she hopes other girls will consider sports.
“More girls should join boys’ teams so it could be a tradition and it wouldn’t be so special,” she said in a post-game interview.
Davis was one of only two girls playing in the 2014 World Series, and only the fourth American girl to play in the games ever.
Davis took the next step in her athletic career during the winter of 2015, playing varsity basketball as an eighth-grader for Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.
The young athlete was chosen by the Harlem Globetrotters in their annual draft held in 2015.
The Little League World Series star and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Philadelphia) rising freshman was one of six athletes “selected” by the Globetrotters as part of their annual draft.
She Got Game
Mo’ne Davis is a winner on and off the field and to understand any history maker, you have to understand their history. Here are 5 Mo’Ne Davis facts you need to know:
1. She’s got a killer fast ball!
Davis is known for throwing fast balls up to 70 mph. We hear her curve ball is nothing to play with, either.