Mamie (Peanut) Johnson was the one and only female pitcher in the Negro leagues. She played from 1953 to 1955 for the Indianapolis Clowns. The shortstop for the team at the time was a young man named Henry Aaron. She left the team with a 33-8 record and went into nursing for the next 50 years.
Thirty years ago reserve outfielder Victoria Roche of Belgium was the first female to get to the Little League World Series. Seventeen girls later Mo'ne Davis and Emma March of Vancouver, British Columbia teamed up for the first time two made it the same year.
And then -----
Mo’ne Davis was on the mound for the first time since her suffocating performance in the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship, when she shut out Delaware-Newark National to lead Taney Youth Baseball Association of Philadelphia to the Series. Most of the announced 15,648 in attendance recognized the potential for something historic to unfold.
Could she live up to the hype?
Davis pitched six innings, gave up a pair infield hits and struck out eight in a 4-0 victory over Nashville. By the end of fifth inning, with her Tennessee counterpart at the 85-pitch limit, Davis had thrown just 44.
With each out in the final inning, the cheers became louder, and when Davis struck out the final batter, becoming the first girl in Little League World Series history to earn a win, the crowd exploded. Her parents hugged and then accepted the congratulations of strangers.
And it was a shutout.