According to a Philadelphia newspaper on Wednesday, Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old star pitcher of the Little League World Series, is on the cover of this week's "Sports Illustrated." She has made history for being the first girl to throw a shutout at the Little League World Series and the sixth to record a hit.
It is interesting because Davis made history because she made history. The pitching sensation became the first Little Leaguer to grace the cover of "Sports Illustrated" in the 60-year history of the magazine. Davis said it has been her dream to be on the magazine's cover. So, her dream has come true, but she is not stopping now.
A reporter and a photographer from the magazine followed the team for the two previous days to get their story and photos of the teenager. Managing editor Chris Stone said in a statement that Davis has "owned the sports conversation."
The eighth grader is 5 feet 4 inches and weighs 105 pounds. Davis is known for throwing a 70 miles per hour fastball while the average velocity in her age class is in the high 50 miles per hour range. According to Will Femia, a 71 miles per hour pitch which was clocked during her Aug. 15, 2014 game is equivalent in reaction time at the plate for a batter to a 93 miles per hour pitch on a full sized diamond. She also throws a curve ball that "has given opposing hitters fits."
Davis, who plays for Philadelphia's Taney Dragons, is no stranger to making history. Last week, she became the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series. She is one of two girls in the 2014 Little League World Series and as a pitcher was the first 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 sixth to get a hit and the fourth American girl ever to play in the Little League World Series out of almost 9,000 participants since the tournament began in 1947.
USA Today reports that people are lining up for autographs from Mo'ne Davis. People are also cashing in on her success and popularity. A baseball advertised as being autographed by Mo'ne showed up for sale on eBay. An auction had driven the price up to $500 and it will probably go higher. About 40 other items featuring Mo'ne, many alleged to be autographed by her, also are for sale on the website.
Brandon Steiner, owner of Steiner Sports, a leading sports memorabilia company in New York, said he would pay Mo'ne at least $25,000 to autograph between 500 to 1,000 items and estimated she could make up to $100,000 on the deal. Steiner knows the penalty for selling merchandise, and he said he wouldn't make the offer because it could jeopardize Mo'ne's eligibility to play college athletics.
According to ABC News, in spite of her 70 mph fastball, baseball isn't Davis' best game. Her basketball coach said she is even better playing basketball which is her first love. She wants to play college basketball at the University of Connecticut. Connecticut's basketball coach, Geno Auriemma, has already called to wish her well.