Mo'ne donates historic jersey to Hall of Fame
Teenage trailblazer tossed Little League World Series shutout in uniform
Mo'ne Davis took Cooperstown by storm on Thursday. Davis, the captivating young pitcher who seized America's attention at the Little League World Series, made another mark on history by donating her game-used jersey to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Davis, the standout from Taney Little League in Philadelphia, toured the Hall of Fame on Thursday and got a chance to play at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field. But the highlight of the day came when she donated her jersey from a 4-0 victory over a team from Nashville, Tenn., in the Little League World Series.
Davis, the fourth female pitcher to appear in the Little League World Series and the first to win a game, appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the nation took notice of her talents. And now her jersey will be housed alongside jerseys and bats from the greatest players the game has known.
"We are here a lot," said Davis. "And to see my shutout jersey on display will be amazing."
Davis, making the trip with her teammates from Taney Little League and from her Anderson Moncarchs travel team, seemed thrilled to have her efforts recognized by the Hall of Fame. Now, her jersey will be housed in the same building as those of all-time great players like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb.
"Mo'ne has elevated the profile of baseball as an equal opportunity sport to another level through her performance in Williamsport at the Little League World Series," said Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson. "She's captured the nation's attention, and as such, we are thrilled to honor this exceptional young lady, who exudes class, dignity and professionalism. Her achievements continue to show the important and pioneering role young women are playing in the game today."