Mo'ne Davis Lands the Cover of Sports Illustrated

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Baseball badass Mo'ne Davis will appear on the cover of this week's national Sports Illustrated. She's the first Little Leaguer to bag the honor.

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"Last week, this week, maybe next week, she's owned the sports conversation," said SI managing editor Chris Stone. "How often do you get to say this about a 13-year-old girl? It's the easiest type of story to identify as a cover story." Good on Sports Illustrated for recognizing that—considering they don't exactly have the best track record of putting female athletes on the cover.

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In a preview of the profile, Davis admitted baseball isn't even her number-one sports passion: "To be honest, I never thought I'd be famous for baseball," she confessed, adding that, "I want to play basketball, and I could also do both basketball and baseball — but I really want to play basketball." Have mercy.

Here's the cover in all its glory. All hail Mo'ne!

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LadyCommentariat
Lady Commentariat

This is so fantastic. Hope she gets a chance to compete in both!

Curious: I wonder how many female athletes have been featured on a SI cover in an action shot/not wearing a bikini? Quick Google Image search shows only three other female athlete covers in non-sexualized images: Danica Patrick, Serena Williams and the 2012 US Olympics women's gymnastics team. Clearly, this isn't a full analysis, but the question stands.