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Mo'ne Davis: Throwing Like a Girl

Updated on October 14, 2015

The United States shines at America's past time

Jackie Robinson West, the Great Lakes regional representative to the Little League World Series and eventual U.S. champion, grabbed our collective national attention with their quest for the world championship. The slick fielding, speedy, base stealing come back kids mirrored Chicago and America’s best with their efforts. However, the individual star of the annual boys of summer championship ritual was a girl.

Pitcher Perfect

Davis in throwing motion.
Davis in throwing motion. | Source

Master of the Mound

Mo’ne Davis, the flame throwing phenomenon of Philadelphia, stole the spot light. She became the first girl to pitch a complete game shutout during the little league’s World Series. Mo’ne accomplished this feat with her unique combination of pitching styles. She once described her pitching repertoire with the quip “ I throw my curveball like Clayton Kershaw and my fastball like Mo’ne Davis.” The accolades did not stop with the L.L.W.S. success. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and followed that with throwing a laser like strike as the honoree tossing the ceremonial first pitch for game 4 of the 2014 Major Leagues World Series.

The “Mo’ne Davis” fastball thrust her into the spotlight as it also altered the little league baseball landscape. She is featured in a commercial that played throughout the exciting, but for this pundit disappointing, World Series. (Yeah, I was pulling for Kansas City) The ad shows that she participates in various sports soccer, basketball and of course baseball. The ad makes the point that her favorite game is competition. Mo’nes voiceover says that she enjoys playing and winning at baseball hurling the cowhide 70 mph “throwing like a girl.”

America's Team

Jackie Robinson West participates in the L.L.W.S. parade.
Jackie Robinson West participates in the L.L.W.S. parade. | Source

The hurling heroine’s heroics has altered thinking as to who can play this game at its highest level while also having impacted both culture and language. We can no longer think of “throwing like a girl” in quite the same way. Mo’ne with her pitching prowess has redefined what it means to throw like a girl. She has transformed a popular expression from insulting to inspiring. She has literally tossed that phrase from words of contempt into an expression of admiration and congratulations. It’s enough to make all of us wish we could throw like a girl… that is a girl who lobs a curveball like Clayton Kershaw and fires a fastball like Mo’ne Davis.


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    • justthemessenger profile imageAUTHOR

      James C Moore 

      3 years ago from The Great Midwest

      "Pitcher perfect", I like your use of alliteration. Thanks for reading and the comment.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Love the Pitcher Perfect title. So true about someone I know is so proud of herself and really should be!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      She was a great feel-good story this year for sure. I hear she's a pretty good point guard in basketball as well. :) Thanks for highlighting this wonderful young woman.

    • justthemessenger profile imageAUTHOR

      James C Moore 

      4 years ago from The Great Midwest

      The exclamation point to her accomplishments is that baseball is not her best sport,it's basketball.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      She is not only lovely, but so talented! Thank you for bringing this awareness to readers.


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