Mo'ne Davis Covers Sports Illustrated After Record-Breaking Little League Success

Celebrity News Aug. 20, 2014 AT 12:15PM
Mo'ne Davis on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Mo'ne Davis on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Credit: Sports Illustrated

Mad about Mo'ne! At ripe age of 13, Mo'ne Davis is quickly becoming a national sensation. 

The teenage baseball player rose to fame with Philadelphia's Taney Dragons team, which is competing in the Little League World Series. As the only female on the team, and just one of two girls to play in this year's series, Davis has made a name for herself. 

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A fierce competitor, the impressive youngster plays a variety of positions and broke a record when she became the first girl to throw a shutout game in the history of the Little League World Series. With her team representing the Mid-Atlantic Region, Davis stunned fans and competitors with her 70 mph fastball. 

She now has another title to her name, as she just became the first Little League player to nab the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Aug. 25 issue features an attention-grabbing photo of Davis on the mound, accompanied with cover lines reading, "Mo'ne: Remember Her Name — As If We Could Ever Forget." 

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Facing off against Las Vegas' Mountain Ridge Little League team on Wednesday, Aug. 20, Davis has a bright future ahead of her — though it isn't one she saw coming. "To be honest, I never thought I'd be famous for baseball," she told Sports illustrated

While she may not have expected her fame, Davis' notoriety took off, making fans out of everyone from Lil Wayne to Magic Johnson to Ellen DeGeneres

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Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman celebrated Davis on Twitter last week, writing, "Watching Mo'Ne Davis! She is an absolute stud. Awesome mechanics and great feel for pitching! #LLWS."

Lil Wayne chimed in, "Mo'Ne Davis... goosebumps. You're awesome! Unbelievable."

Detroit Tigers pitcher David Price tweeted, "Mo'ne Davis is a stud!!! I'll be watching whenever she pitches for sure!! 3 hit shutout to go to the World Series!!! #baller."

Magic Johnson added, "Who said girls can't play baseball? Yesterday, Mo'Ne Davis threw a complete game shut out to lead her team to the #LLWS!"

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones wrote, "Mo'Ne Davis was straight up dealing yesterday. Not to mention she was throwing 70mph from that distance. Watch out now #StayHungry."

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant said, "This youngster is striking everybody out and she is a girl. I love it. #itsanewday."

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted, "Steeeerike! Mo'ne Davis is the first girl to pitch a Little League World Series shutout. Talk about groundbreaking."

YouTube beauty expert Michelle Phan encouraged, "The next time someone says you throw like a girl, think about Mo'Ne Davis' #girlpower." 

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