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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More than six decades after Kathryn "Tubby" Johnston Massar cut off her braids, tucked her hair under her cap and became the first girl to play Little League baseball, she's delighted to see two girls in the Little League World Series.

"It's truly amazing. I'm very happy to see girls playing," said Massar, 78, of Yuba City, California.

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

Davis threw a two-hitter to help Philadelphia beat Nashville 4-0 last Friday. She had eight strikeouts and didn't walk a batter.

Davis, who received a noticeably louder reception than any other player during introductions, said she noticed plenty of girls younger than her in the audience. The applause heightened when Davis struck out the final batter, becoming the first girl to throw a shutout in Little League World Series history.

"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 did not fare as well.

Batting cleanup ahead of her brother, Evan, and playing first base, she went hitless Friday in Canada's 4-3 loss to Mexico.

But March created some excitement when she stepped into the batter's box for the Vancouver, British Columbia, team. She drove a long fly ball to right field in the fourth inning that the crowd thought might be a home run. However, the hit sailed foul into the stands. Then in the top of the fifth, March stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and Canada down by two runs. After working the count to 2-2, she struck out.

Massar believes more girls will start to play in Little League and beyond. She thinks eventually there will be a woman in Major League Baseball.

Massar played in 1950, leading to a rule barring girls from playing which 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 was in South Williamsport on Friday and watched Davis' dominating performance.

"It goes to show you how sports have moved the last 30 or 40 years," the governor said, "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 (11)
  • ClaireC-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 10:38 a.m.

    I think that is good that she is allowed to be in the Little League baseball league. It is also inspiring because she is saying that it is okay for girls to be on a boy team! She loves what she's doing so that should be all that matters. She might be older but she can still do good at what she does.

  • Damikus123
    8/26/2014 - 08:59 a.m.

    Girls are the ones you least expect to be successful in a sprort but this makes you think twice.
    Also Katheryn Johnston was the first girl to play Little league baseball and she inspired other girls to play little league like, Mo'ne Davis and Canada Emma became the 17th and 18th girls to play..Playing a major part in an sport makes you feel confoert and successful.

  • emersonl-Mil
    9/12/2014 - 01:26 p.m.

    Mone Davis is a role model to me because she is one of the few girls who have ever played in the Little League World Series! I bet that Mone is not only a role model to me, but to hundreds of girls. I like the part in the article about Kathryn Johnston Massar because she is talking about how proud she is of the girl who have played in the Little League World Series! Kathryn (also known as Tubby) played in the LLWS over 6 decades ago as the first girl to ever play! I wonder what Mone thought people would think of her before she played her first game. This article is saying that girls can do anything!

  • lombardoj4
    9/19/2014 - 12:46 p.m.

    She pitched great.....better than some men. A perfect game from a girl...thats ridiculous.If i was that young and had an arm like that i'd use it to the best of my ability.

  • reedh-4
    9/25/2014 - 11:16 p.m.

    This year in the Little League World Series, they had two girls play. Mo'ne Davis, one of the girls, through a shutout against Nashville to make her the very first female to throw a shutout. As she was gaining more publicity, she kept raising the bar by throwing strikeouts and hitting runners in. I think that she will grow up to become a great baseball player. She will be underestimated but will show everyone off. She is 13 and is a role model to young girls. she has some big shoes to fill.

  • Bryor0422
    9/26/2014 - 01:52 p.m.

    I think the first girl ever to play little league baseball is so old because most girls don't want to play baseball with boy they would rather play with girls the same age as them and play with girls on a softball team. At a age girls want to play with girls not boys.

  • roberth32
    10/01/2014 - 01:51 p.m.

    this is a cool storry about a young girl who can play baseball very well in the little leage world series baseball championship woth her team

  • AidenBa-Wil
    10/16/2014 - 10:51 a.m.

    I think that people should just live with the fact that girls can play! Yes there is softball, WNBA, and a ton of girl sport leagues but that doesn't mean a guy is better than a girl. There is a girl on my football team and she kicks butt and is BETTER than most of the guys on the team. Girls can be dominate at sports and guys have to live with it. The more girls there are, the better the competition is, and the harder the guys will have to work. Girls should be allowed to play in any sport any where at any time.

  • sstockett-Cla
    10/31/2014 - 01:26 p.m.

    i like this article because it shows that whatever boys do girls can also do. i like how we have softball and all boys think softball is for girls, but it could be for boys as well. also boys just think baseball is just for boys. i like how mo'ne showed them that girls can play baseball. myself as a girls prospective it just shows how powerful we can be and how we can not only compete with other girls, but with boys as well.

  • whumanic-Cla
    10/31/2014 - 01:28 p.m.

    Thirteen year old Mo'ne Davis is one of the only girls to play in the little League World Series. She played for the MId-Atlantic Region in Philadelphia. She is one of the best pitchers in the tournament with a great start giving Philadelphia a 4-0 2 hit win over Nashville.

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