Oh, boy! Girls rock Little League World Series
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?