In 2014, Mo’ne Davis was the toast of Philadelphia and the Little League World Series.
As the first girl to pitch a shutout and win a game in the Williamsport, Pa., summer classic, Davis led the Taney Dragons to within one win of the championship game. The team lost to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West, 6-5.
But the loss didn’t stop Davis. At 13, she became the youngest athlete ever on the cover of Sports Illustrated, appeared on national talk shows, and barnstormed with the Anderson Monarchs baseball team, meeting the only woman to ever pitch in the Negro Leagues, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson.
Her Little League years have passed. But Time magazine hasn’t forgotten her importance as a trailblazer. Davis is one of 46 women in a new Time special edition called “Firsts: Women Who Are Changing the World.”
Also featured in the issue, which has a video component, are Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Hillary Clinton, Selena Gomez, Ellen DeGeneres, Madeline Albright, Aretha Franklin, and many more pioneers. Davis was even chosen for one the 12 covers Time photographer Luisa Dorr shot for the issue.
— TIME (@TIME) September 7, 2017
Davis writes in Time: “The first time I walked out onto the field to pitch, the other team said I wasn’t going to be good — that they were going to win. They were telling jokes; the parents were laughing. My team and I knew they could laugh all they wanted to … When they saw me face the first batter, they were shocked.”
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