Little League phenom Mo’ne Davis lands her first Sports Illustrated cover


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Standout pitcher Mo’ne Davis isn’t just making headlines this week after becoming the first female to pitch a two-hit shutout in the Little League World Series, she’s making magazine covers. Here’s the 13-year-old Taney Dragons phenom on the latest issue of Sports Illustrated:

The superstar teen, who’s breaking gender stereotypes with her 70-mph fastball, has shot to fame over the past week, but has amazingly kept a level head. She said in ESPN’s “Sunday Conversation” that the only thing she feels is different is her status on social media. “Celebrities tweeting me,” Davis said. “That really changed a lot.”

And while Davis is thrilled with her baseball team, she has future dreams of playing basketball, first at U-Conn. and then in the WNBA.

“To be honest, I never thought I’d be famous for baseball,” Davis tells Sports Illustrated. “I want to play basketball. And I could also do both basketball and baseball, but I really want to play basketball.”

With that in mind, it’s easy to imagine Davis gracing the cover of a future edition of Sports Illustrated, as well.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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Marissa Payne · August 19, 2014