Oh, boy! Girls rock Little League World Series Pennsylvania's Mo'ne Davis delivers in the fifth inning against Tennessee at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Davis pitched a complete game two-hit shutout (AP photos)
Oh, boy! Girls rock Little League World Series
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What's everyone talking about at the Little League World Series? Girls, as in girls who are playing on teams typically dominated by boys.

Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis and Canada's Emma March became the 17th and 18th girls to play in the tournament, only the third time in the event's 68-year history that two girls are playing in the same series.

Davis pitched a two-hitter to help Philadelphia beat Nashville 4-0, the first time a girl had pitched a shutout in the Little League World Series. Struck out eight batters.

"It's very unreal. I never thought at the age of 13 I would be a role model," Davis said. "Hopefully, more girls play Little League."

March's team from Vancouver, British Columbia, did not fare as well.

She played first base and she did not get a hit as her team lost. Interestingly, her brother also plays on the team and he batted right before his sister in the lineup.

Among those impressed with seeing Davis and March was the first girl ever to play in Little League baseball.

"It's truly amazing. I'm very happy to see girls playing," said Johnston Massar. Today she is 78 and lives in of Yuba City, California.

Massar thinks eventually, there will be a woman in Major League Baseball. She played in 1950, leading to a rule barring girls from playing. That rule was overturned in 1974. The self-described "trailblazer" said she celebrates her role in history.

"It's something I'm proud of," she said. "Why not play baseball with the boys?"

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett watched Davis' dominating pitching performance.

"It goes to show you how sports have moved the last 30 or 40 years, and we wouldn't have thought of this 40 or 50 years ago. And today, she's out there pitching, doing a great job and I'm sitting there thinking, 'Is she going to go into professional baseball?' I don't know."

Critical thinking challenge: Why is the first girl ever to play in Little League baseball so old?

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COMMENTS (151)
  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    8/19/2014 - 08:20 p.m.

    I think this is cool because of the game's 68 year history, only 3 girls have participated. That is amazing. I think women should be able to play sports but in a separate league like he Women's Major League Baseball. It's time women got famous in sports. This kind of reminds me of a story I read in third grade about a girl who struck out Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and some other famous guy who was struck out. But, it is different because that was Major League Baseball.
    Critical Thinking Challenge: Why is the first girl ever to play Little League baseball so old?
    Answer: The first girl to ever play Little League baseball is so old because she might have played Little League baseball a long time ago.

  • isabelk-Sch
    8/20/2014 - 11:38 a.m.

    It's very cool how a girl is playing baseball! It shows girls that they can do anything a boy can do (maybe even better!) It's amazing how she's standing up for what she wants to do! She's a role model for all girls with the dream to play baseball!

  • shelbys-Sch
    8/20/2014 - 11:38 a.m.

    I think its really cool that girls are playing baseball. It shows that girls can do anything boys can do and that we are just as strong as them.

  • paigemc-Sch
    8/20/2014 - 11:45 a.m.

    I would want to play little league baseball. That would be super fun, and it would be fun beating the guys at there own game. The only thing that wouldn't be fun is having 10 times harder pitches and what if the hit you that would hurt really bad.

  • courtneyf-Sch
    8/20/2014 - 01:49 p.m.

    i think girls should be treated equal in sports with boy if girl want to play boy sports they should be able to like football.

  • tannerw-Sch
    8/20/2014 - 01:57 p.m.

    That is amazing that the girl plays for Philadelphia. That girl has pitched a no hitter for them and she did really good for the team and the guys really like her on there team and they don't care if she is on the team.

  • adisunf-Men
    8/20/2014 - 05:04 p.m.

    How sad that girls could not play on Little league teams from 1950 to 1974! It took a while for them to receive this privilege. What wonderful role models they can be today!

  • AveriA456
    8/20/2014 - 08:02 p.m.

    The fact that Mo'ne Davis is only 13 means she has a long career ahead of her. Mo'ne is extremely talented. Like I previously stated, she's only 13, so that also means that there will be people out there who make up things about how its "Special affects", just being jealous that she's this big, and their not. An interesting fact about this is she's in little league. Shouldn't she be put in the what ever comes after little league because she's this good?

  • shelby5469
    8/22/2014 - 08:30 a.m.

    It is in the 68-year history but the little league world series she is 13years old she the first to ever play baseball she strokes out eight batters her brother also played on the team that rule was overturned in 1974.

  • Adriane927
    8/22/2014 - 08:31 a.m.

    Why is the first girl ever to play in Little League baseball so old? Because she was born like 30 to 40 years ago. and she was the first girl to play.

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