Mo’ne Davis Becomes First Little League Player on the Cover of Sports Illustrated (Pic)
The Little League World Series has been going on since 1947, and it’s been on national television—first ABC, then ESPN—since 1963. A number of players have gone on to become professional athletes, and a few of those have even managed to win the real World Series.
However, in all that time, with all those famous athletes, none of them has ever appeared on the cover of the most iconic sports publication in America…until now.
On the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, dated August 25, is Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old girl with the 70 mph fastball. First she pitched a shutout just to get her team a berth in the Little League World Series. Then she pitched another shutout—this one a two-hit, eight strikeout performance—to help her team advance to the next round. Now she’s the biggest star to emerge from the Little League World Series in a generation, and she’s a girl, which is important to note since only 18 girls have ever competed in the event.
Is she worthy of the cover of Sports Illustrated? You’re damn right she is.
Mo’ne pitches again tonight, when Pennsylvania (Mid-Atlantic) takes on Nevada (West) at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. If you’ve never watched a Little League World Series game before, make this your first.