Monday, November 10, 2014

Mo'ne Ikea Davis-1st Girl to earn a Win and to Pitch a shutout in Little League World Series History

Mo'ne Ikea Davis (born c. 2001) is a female Little League Baseball pitcher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is one of two girls in the 2014 Little League World Series and is the 1st girl to earn a win and to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history. She is the 18th girl overall to play, the 6th to get a hit, and the 4th American girl to play in the Little League World Series. She is also the 1st Little League baseball player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a Little League player.
Davis is the daughter of Lamar Davis and Lakeisha McLean. She has lived with her mother and stepfather, Mark Williams, since the age of six.
In 2008, Steve Bandura observed Davis playing football with her cousins and older brother. He noticed that "she was throwing this football in perfect spirals, effortless and running these tough kids down and tackling them" Bandura, who is program director for Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia, asked her if she would like to come to a basketball practice. When she came to practice, Bandura asked her to watch the practice, but she wanted to participate. Davis became Bandura's best basketball player and the only girl on the team. She also began playing and excelling at baseball and soccer. Bandura, together with other sponsors, helped Davis transfer to Springside School, which is a private girls' school. In 2011, she was a point guard in basketball, a pitcher, shortstop, and third baseman in baseball, but she revealed that she started pitching when she was a substitute from outfielder, and mid-fielder for soccer. As of August 2014, while she is notable as a Little League pitcher, she considers basketball her primary sport. Davis throws a 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) fastball, while the average velocity in her age class is in the high 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) to low 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) range. On August 10, 2014, Davis pitched a three-hit   8–0 shutout over Newark National Little League of Delaware to get into the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Little League World series. On August 15, 2014, Davis was the 1st girl in Little League World Series history to pitch a winning game for the Taney Dragons and earned the win, and she was also the 1st girl to pitch a shutout in Little League postseason history. She led her team to a 4–0 victory over Nashville. She appeared on the August 25, 2014 Sports Illustrated front cover, which makes her the 1st Little League baseball player to appear on the front cover of a top US sports magazine as a Little League player. In October 2014, Davis was named one of "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014" by Time magazine. Also in October, a 16-minute documentary about Davis, entitled I Throw Like a Girl, directed by Spike Lee, and produced by Spike DDB for Chevrolet, was released. On October 25th Davis threw out the ceremonial first pitch of game 4 of the MLB World Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco.                                                                                                                                     

No comments:

Post a Comment