At just 13-years-old, Mo’Ne Davis has 70 mph fastball and has just made the cover of Sports Illustrated. Her team, the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia were unfortunately knocked out of the Little League World Series in a 6 to 5 loss against Jackie Robinson West of Chicago, another team I was rooting for, in Thursday night’s game. Even with the upset, Davis still left her mark on the game.
In the 68 years of LLWS, Mo’Ne is only the 18th girl to play, and the first female pitcher to win a game, ever! Though she is obviously a talented pitcher, she tells SI that basketball is real passion, saying,
“To be honest, I never thought I’d be famous for baseball.” She’s also been trying to deal with her new fame, including interviews and signing autographs. “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
Now that the hype has died down a bit, and the Taney Dragons were eliminated from the series, she can go back to being a normal pre-teen girl. I don’t think, as one national newspaper suggested, that because she is no longer playing that this is pushing women’s sports out of the spotlight. If anything, it made people–young girls especially–interested in a male dominated sport like never before, even if it was only for about 2 weeks. Hopefully all the girls inspired by her will want to pick up a bat or ball and join the boys next season.
You can read more of Mo’Ne’s story when the issue hits newsstands on August 25.