Mo’ne Davis Donates Historic Little League World Series Jersey to Hall of Fame
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Mo’ne Davis spent the summer paving the way for girls and women in the National Pastime.
On Thursday, Davis spent the day surrounded by history – some of it her own – at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Davis and her Taney Little League teammates came to Cooperstown, where Davis donated a jersey she wore at the 2014 Little League Baseball World Series to the Hall of Fame. Davis became the first female pitcher to win a game at the Little League World Series, pitching a two-hit shutout for her team against a team from Nashville.
For Davis, who has previously visited the Museum several times and is well-versed in the game’s history, the moment was something out of a fairy tale.
“We are here a lot,” said Davis of her Anderson Monarchs travel team which is based out of Philadelphia and includes many of the Taney Little League team members. “And to see my shutout jersey on display will be amazing.”
Davis’ Mid-Atlantic Region team jersey will be immediately accessioned into the Museum’s collection of more than 40,000 three-dimensional artifacts. After accessioning, the jersey will be displayed in the Museum’s Today’s Game exhibit.
“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, who accepted the jersey from Davis. “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.”
Former Negro Leagues pitcher Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, one of just three women in play in the Negro Leagues, and Steve Bandura, the founder/coach of the Anderson Monarchs, were also on hand for the donation, as were the Monarchs team and the Catskill Mountain Cougars 12U team from nearby Stamford, N.Y., which faced the Monarchs in an exhibition game Thursday afternoon at Doubleday Field.
“Mo’ne is a wonderful young lady,” Johnson said. “And I hope she continues to play baseball and have all the wonderful experiences I had playing baseball. I hope she puts another jersey in the Museum someday.”
For Bandura, Thursday’s trip to Cooperstown was another highlight to a summer that saw the Taney Little League team break barriers en route to a memorable trip to Little League’s biggest stage.
“I can’t think of a more perfect end to an incredible summer,” Bandura said.