COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The Baseball Hall of Fame is filled with memorabilia from the sport’s legends. On Thursday another player was added amongst the greats one many critics doubted could succeed.
“She captured the hearts and imaginations of girls not only in the country but around the world,” said Steve Bandura, the coach of the Anderson Monarchs.
Mo’ne Davis started playing baseball when she was 7, after catching the coach’s attention.
“I was just playing football one day and he told me to come try out basketball and baseball and I just liked it after that,” said Davis.
She became her team’s pitcher and proved her skills this summer at the Little League World Series. Mo’ne is one of only four American girls to ever play in a World Series game, and was the first to lead her team to victory.
“To stand up there and pitch a two hit shut out and be successful is a great story and provides her with being a role model for so many others,” Jeff Idelson, president of the Hall of Fame said.
“I think it’s funny to see the boys strike out. To see her pitch better than some of the boys,” Joanna Grommeck, a young baseball fan and softball player said.
Since then, Mo’ne has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and her jersey from that historic victory will hang forever in the baseball hall of fame. Mo’ne says she hopes when people see it they’ll feel inspired to throw like a girl.
“To not let anyone stop you and to keep going because you’re your own person and a lot of people are going to try and stop you from doing what you love so keep going,” said Davis.
It’s because of her positive attitude and her athletic potential that Hall of Fame leaders say the sky’s the limit for this young baseball star.
Mo’ne’s Little League World Series jersey will be displayed in the ‘Today’s Game’ exhibit. That area is located on the second floor of the museum.
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Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old pitching phenom who landed the cover of Sports Illustrated, took time this week to further burnish her place in history by participating in a battle against funnyman Jimmy Fallon.