Little leaguer Mo’ne Davis meets Braves’ slugger Hank Aaron
ATLANTA (AP) Hank Aaron can appreciate someone with the ability and fortitude to overcome challenges.
The Braves’ slugger met Little League sensation Mo’ne Davis Tuesday and her youth league teammates, who got a tour of Turner Field.
Davis and the Anderson Monarchs, a Philadelphia youth baseball club, stopped in Atlanta as part of team’s three-week, 3,500-mile barnstorming tour to learn about the Civil Rights movement.
At 13, Davis was the first African-American girl to play in the Little League World series. She is the first girl to earn a win and pitch a shutout in the LLWS last summer.
Aaron shared what it was like to grow up in Alabama with the team and some of the lessons he learned early in life.
One story the 81-year-old Aaron told was about a conversation he had with his father.
Aaron said he was in his backyard as a youngster when a plane flew overhead. Aaron told his father at that moment that he wanted to a pilot, to which his dad responded, ”Son, there are no Negro pilots.” Aaron said his father added, ”you can play baseball.”
Davis and her teammates weren’t able to take photos of Aaron because as part of their experience they are not using electronic devices, including phones, iPads, etc., during the three-week trip. They are traveling in an authentic 1947 Flxible Clipper touring bus with no air conditioning, similar to the buses the Negro League player would travel in.
Seven of the Monarchs played on last year’s Taney Little League baseball team.
The team also visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta earlier Tuesday.