Reported by Ashley Naples
Black girls and women are dominating the sports sector. Serena Williams, 33, has remained undefeated in tennis while Brittney Griner, 24, is pioneering a fierce movement in the WNBA. Gabby Douglas, 18, and Simone Biles, 17, are leading gymnastics, performing complicated routines with perfection. Joining the list of courages Black girls who are doing exceptionally well in the sports arena is 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a Little League World Series game.
Davis, who is also the first Little League baseball player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a Little League player, is a Philadelphia, PA native who is being raised by her mother Lakeisha McLean and stepfather Mark Williams. Relying on the precise mechanics of pitching rather than strength, Davis throws a 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) fastball, while the average velocity in her age class is in the high 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) to low 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) range. According to MSNBC contributor Will Femia, a 71 miles per hour (114 km/h) pitch (which was clocked during her August 15, 2014 game) is equivalent in reaction time at the plate for a batter to a 93 miles per hour (150 km/h) pitch on a full sized diamond.
The history-making teen is now preparing to release a memoir in 2015 to discuss her life as a nationally acclaimed female pitcher in the Little League.
Here’s more about her forthcoming book:
“Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name” will be released next March by HarperCollins Children’s Books, the publisher told The Associated Press on Monday.
The honor roll student from Philadelphia became a sensation last summer after leading the Taney Dragons to a 4-0 victory over Nashville, when she was just 13. Known for her long braids and uncommon poise, she has since appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, thrown out the first pitch at a major league World Series game and starred in a car commercial directed by Spike Lee. In September, she donated her jersey to the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
“When I joined an all-boys baseball team, my mom wasn’t too happy,” Mo’ne said in a statement issued Monday through HarperCollins. “I proved to her (and to me) that I could do anything I set my mind to. I’m just a girl that likes to play sports and I’m excited to share my story with everyone,” she said. “I hope it encourages people to take a chance and play the sports they want to play and not just the ones people expect them to play.”