Thirteen-year old Mo’Ne Davis became a star as the first girl to ever throw a shutout at 70 mph in Little League World Series history. She’s also the first little league baseball player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.
She threw a two-hitter last Friday, striking out eight, and has been the talk of the sports town ever since.
The 5-foot-4 eighth grader currently plays for the Philadelphia Taney Dragons.
Sports Illustrated manager Chris Stone said it is rare for a girl in Davis’s realm to grace the cover of the prestigious magazine.
“Last week, this week, maybe next week, she’s owned the sports conversation. How often do you get to say this about a 13-year-old girl? It’s the easiest type of story to identify as a cover story.”
Ironically, Davis said to Sports Illustrated that she likes baseball but it certainly is not her passion. She tells the magazine that her true passion is basketball.
“To be honest, I never thought I’d be famous for baseball. I want to play basketball, and I could also do both basketball and baseball — but I really want to play basketball.”
CNN reports that Mo’Ne Davis and the Dragons were pushed out of the finals after their game with The Jackie Robinson West Little League Club. Classicalite went so far as to say Davis may have a Sports Illustrated jinx because of their 8-1 loss to Las Vegas.
Even though her team is out of the final, Davis’s name will not go away any time soon. In fact, Stone is far from the only person who has his eye on the little leaguer.
Reports say Lil’ Wayne and management at Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB) have signed Davis to the company’s new sports management branch, YMCMB Sports.
The Grammy Award-winning rapper sent a tweet out this past Wednesday welcoming Davis to his company.
YMCMB-Young Mo’Ne Cash Mo’Ne Baseball!!!
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) August 20, 2014
While the tweet does not make any official announcements, it wouldn’t be a bad look for Davis. She would be in association with major entertainment heavy-hitters like Nicki Minaji, Drake, Christian Milan, and Birdman, which could propel her image and mainstream exposure.
Other rappers who have dabbled into the sports arena include Jay Z, 50 Cent, and Master P.