Baseball Protege Mo’Ne Davis Made History, Now She Lives It
She proved that she could hold her own against the boys during the 2014 Little League World Series, making history with every pitch. But now, Mo’ne Davis is spending her summer and celebrating her birthday by living history.
“This summer, as a tribute to Jackie Robinson, the Negro Leagues, and the Civil Rights Movement, our 13 year-old Anderson Monarchs will board an authentic 1947 Flexible Clipper touring bus, and embark on a 23-day, 21-city journey, barnstorming their way across America, down through the Deep South, up through the Mid-West, and back east to New York City and, ultimately, back home to Philadelphia, over 4,000 miles in all.”
Davis emerged as a prodigy during the 2014 Little League World Series. Playing for the Taney Dragons, she was the first girl in history to win a game at the LLWS, according to the ESPN Stats and Information department. In one of her games on the mound, she threw eight strikeouts and pitched a complete game in a 4-0 win over Nashville.
Davis, who turned 14 on Wednesday (June 24th), celebrated her birthday by taking a tour of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, where four little girls, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, all 14, and Denise McNair, 11, were murdered during a racially motivated church bombing in 1963. Moved by the experience, Mo'Ne reflected on the event:
“I do feel really bad because they could have changed the world. And for them to lose their lives at such a young age? You never know what they could have done.”
Davis, who is a two sport athlete, was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters last year and took Kevin Hart to school during the NBA All-star weekend Celebrity Game, was featured on the cover of the August 25, 2014, edition of Sports Illustrated and threw out the first pitch prior to game four of last year's World Series. She was also the focus of the Spike Lee documentary Throw Like A Girl.