Broomall-Newtown capitalized on 11 walks, seven errors, three wild pitches and one hit batter to win the Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series title with a 12-3 romp over Lumber River, N.C., Thursday night at Story Field in Longview, Wash.
It’s the second World Series title in a week for the organization. Broomall-Newtown won the 13 Prep crown last Friday in Glen Allen, Va. The organization has scheduled a parade for Sunday afternoon to honor both teams and the historic accomplishment.
It’s a heck of a year for youth baseball in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
We all know how Philly’s Taney Dragons made it to the Little League World Series this year — in a journey so cool their star pitcher Mo’ne Davis even made the cover of Sports Illustrated.
But you maybe didn’t know that Delaware County’s Broomall-Newtown team of 13-year-olds won the Babe Ruth World Series in their age division last week — or that Delco’s Broomall-Newtown team of 13-15-year-olds is playing for the Babe Ruth World Series championship in their age division tonight. (Babe Ruth baseball is organized for kids outside the Little League age range.)
The game is being played in Washington State, so it starts late by local standards: 10:05 p.m. And you can’t watch it on TV — but you can grab your computer and go to this website to see the game online and in HD. If you prefer your baseball on the radio, click here instead.
As scheduled, the Taney Dragons got their parade Wednesday for representing Philly so well in the Little League World Series:
— nikkiii (@nikkiiid00) August 27, 2014
Every few years, a minor sport enters the Philadelphia’s public consciousness and becomes An Event. It happened about 10 years ago, when Smarty Jones almost won the triple crown. Then it happened again with two other good horses, Afleet Alex and Barbaro (R.I.P.). And, now: Little league! Yes, the whole city is excited about children playing baseball.
It’s tempting to get cynical about this — after all, baseball can be pretty boring even when adults are playing it, plus it’s the Little League World Series Presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. But resist! The Taney Dragons are awesome. Pitcher Mo’Ne Davis has “gained international prominence,” says the Inquirer, and the team also has a slugger (Zion Spearman) who hit a ball several hundred feet in the regional semifinal. This team’s great!
The saying, as it goes in some circles, is that “Black girls are magic.” And there is an ever more prevalent movement to celebrate The Carefree Black Girl, a new archetype and representation of the fullness of black women and girls and their interests and their happiness. Enter Mo’Nae Davis, 13, the breakout star of her Taney Youth Baseball Association of Philadelphia little league team, the Anderson Monarchs.
With long braids that dance on her back, what makes Davis a star is her talent as a pitcher — she has a 70 mph fastball — and, as described by her coach in interviews, her role as a leader on her all-boys team. What makes Davis a source of media intrigue, though, is her gender, and perhaps even her race.
— PBPRS (@phillybprs) August 11, 2014
It’s official: Philly is Dragon-crazy.
The Taney Dragons beat Delaware’s Newark National team on Sunday, 8-0, giving them a trip to the Little League World Series that starts Friday. They were led, again, by Mo’Ne Davis, who threw six strikeouts during the victory.
Philadelphia’s Twitter exploded in delight Sunday evening.
This article was published before the Taney Dragons advanced to the Little League World Series on Sunday.
“I don’t throw like a girl,” my 7-year-old daughter uttered in late June, her tone full of sass. The haymaker of insults, whether on the grass and dirt of a baseball diamond or the hard asphalt of a schoolyard, has always been to tell someone they “throw like a girl.”
“I want to throw like Mo’Ne” is what my daughter and a dozen or so other little girls were overheard saying a month later while waiting in the victory line for a chance to high-five ace pitcher Mo’Ne Davis of the Taney Dragons after they defeated Collier Township of Allegheny County in the championship game of the Pennsylvania State Tournament of Little League Baseball.
Q: When there were two teams in this town, how did people decide whether to be Phillies fans or A’s fans?
A: You didn’t decide. You were an A’s fan.
That was b-roll from an interview I did with author Bruce Kuklick a couple of years ago, but it reiterates what I have heard time and time again over the years: that this was always a Philadelphia A’s town, until Connie Mack’s sons Roy and Earle took on more debt than they could repay and sold out to New York interests, who promptly moved the team to Kansas City and set them up as a de facto farm team for the Yankees. Bruce continued:
My uncle grew up a Phillies fan, and he was regarded as a loser. My mother called him the last male virgin in captivity. She told us growing up that our Uncle Buck “needed someone to follow him around with toilet paper.”
After all, one would need to have some sort of mental or emotional issues to cheer for a Phillies team that finished under .500 in 30 of the 31 years from 1918-1948 (the one year above .500 they finished at 78-76). Especially when there was a team in a nicer ballpark (Shibe Park was a modern marvel when it was erected in 1909, the Baker Bowl was always a dump) six blocks away that was well-run, well-respected, and that won five World Series while in Philly.
It simply made no sense to be a Phillies fan, because they were a franchise that never had a plan, never had a clue, an embarrassment that dove into the cellar each year as soon as the season started and stayed there.