13-year-old Mo’ne Davis has been wowing baseball fans everywhere since her performance this summer placed her team in the Little League World Series, making her one of very few girls to ever earn a spot in the event. As people began to take notice of the young baseball prodigy, her legacy began to form. Mo’ne became the youngest player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated last month, and followed that up by becoming the first female pitcher to ever win a game in the World Series. Now, she has been given a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The honor places her jersey in the museum, alongside those of legends such as Steve Carlton and Joe Morgan. It was hung as part of a ceremony on Thursday, September 25th.
Recognizing this great achievement as a turning-point for the sport, Mo’ne said this “will pave the way for more girls to play baseball and will be a better sport.” With a 70 mile per hour throw, Mo’ne has good reason to take the credit, but she won’t let it go to her head. The young athlete graciously discussed the importance of teamwork. “It’s not just about me, like I can’t fill all nine positions or bat all nine times, so you just have to see the whole reason why we’re here is because we work well together and we work as a team.”
It might seem Mo’ne is headed straight down the line to the big leagues, but another passion of hers may cause something of a disruption in her baseball career — Basketball. Mo’ne has said that she dreams of playing in the WNBA one day, and even admitted that she was surprised to see herself become famous for baseball.
Nonetheless, she will forever be remembered for these accomplishments, and the many to come.