Mo’ne Davis Becomes First Little Leaguer to Cover Sports Illustrated
Now that 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis has captured the nation’s attention, she has also become the first little leaguer to grace the national cover of Sports Illustrated!
“Last week, this week, maybe next week, she’s owned the sports conversation,” Sports Illustrated manager editor Chris Stone said. “How often do you get to say this about a 13-year-old girl? It’s the easiest type of story to identify as a cover story.”
“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,’ “ Stone said. “Most of all, she’s a laid-back kid just having a really good time.”
First Mo’Ne used her 70 mph fastball to throw a shutout in the Mid-Atlantic Final that sent Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons to the World Series.
Then she became the first girl to throw a shutout in World Series history, throwing a two-hitter and striking out eight in a 4-0 win over Nashville last Friday.
To give you a personal idea of Mo’ne’s impact, my father ditched me during my emergency oral surgery to watch her play.
However, despite becoming a baseball sensation, her dream is to play basketball for the University of Connecticut. UCONN, BABY!
“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.”
Read more at si.com.