Little Leaguers meet Big Leaguers in Phila.
Little Leaguers meet Big Leaguers in Phila. Taney Dragons' Mo'ne Davis (3) meets with Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard (6) before a tribute to celebrate the youth team's accomplishments during the Little League World Series. Davis made the cover of Sports Illustrated, at left (- AP photos)
Little Leaguers meet Big Leaguers in Phila.
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It was a big day for Mo'ne Davis and her Taney Dragons teammates. The team that thrilled Philadelphians and many others at the Little League World Series got to meet their favorite major league team Wednesday night.

Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies hosted a tribute to the team. The Dragons walked through a procession onto the field. All 12 members of the Dragons threw out ceremonial first pitches to Phillies players.

At the Little League series, Mo'ne became the first female pitcher to win a game. Her last start drew record-setting TV ratings for the series. The series has been held for 68 years.

Earlier, the Dragons received a downtown parade. Thousands cheered the Dragons and Davis. She made it onto the cover of Sports Illustrated.

"A lot of people were here," she told WPVI-TV. "I didn't think that many people would be here, but it was nice."

The Dragons represented the mid-Atlantic region in the World Series. They won their first two games before losing to Las Vegas and to eventual U.S. champion Chicago.

Eleanor White, 49, said the team united the city.

"You have all different walks of life, you have all cultures together," said White as she walked along the parade route.

The team traveled about 4 miles by float from the downtown business district to a park in south Philadelphia for a rally. Musical performances were held along the route.

The previous parade the city hosted to honor an athletic accomplishment was in October 2008. That was after the Phillies won the World Series.

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  • julianb-Coo
    9/18/2014 - 08:51 a.m.


  • simonebSt
    9/18/2014 - 09:56 a.m.

    I like that she is on a boys team because, I think that boys are more competitive than girls. Good luck on your next game.

  • michaelsST11
    9/24/2014 - 09:47 a.m.

    It was probably very loud there with all the fans of The Philly's and The Dragons. Who is the best pitcher on The dragons do you know?

  • darrinrST
    9/26/2014 - 09:47 a.m.

    OMG! I can't believe a 12 year old girl named Mo'ne Davis played in the Mid Atlantic Regional but to lose to Las Vegas in the third round it was a nice shot but it was Mo'ne Davis and a couple other players carried the team.How long did Mo'ne Davis Play baseball? She wants to be a professional basketball player.

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