Reported by Liku Zelleke
For those that don’t know Mo’Ne Davis, she’s the little wonder that has been pitching her way on the mound and into the news at this year’s Little League World Series. And she’s not just pitching; she has actually been striking batters out left and right as she helped get her team, the Philadelphia Taney Youth Baseball Association, all the way to the World Series.
On her debut day in the biggest event of her Little League career, Davis was certainly the center of the crowd’s attention. Her sporting antics may have managed to attract the attention of famous fans like Mike Trout and Russell Wilson, but on that particular day in Howard J. Lamade Stadium, she was in the company of a legend in the history of the Negro Leagues: Mamie “Peanut” Johnson – the first of three females to pitch in the League’s history.
“It’s the greatest gift in God’s green Earth to be here,” Johnson told reporters from the Daily News. She went on and said that it was the similarities between Davis and herself that drew her to the 8th grader.
But this isn’t the first time that the two ladies’ paths have crossed. Johnson first met Davis a few years ago, when Davis’ old team, the Anderson Monarchs, did their own barnstorming in a way quite similar to Johnson’s days – right down to the 1947-type bus – to pay homage to Jackie Robinson.
When she found out that Johnson was in the stands, Davis said, “It’s amazing, I don’t know how else to describe it.”
The game – all six innings, 70 of Davis’ pitches in a two-hit, eight-strikeout and a 4 – 0 triumph against Nashville – ended before the two ladies actually met. They were all hugs and smiles when Johnson said, ” I never, ever thought I would witness this …You have no idea how much this means to me.”