Steve Bandura was riding a tractor.
It was 2008. The fall baseball season had just ended and Bandura, who coaches the Anderson Monarchs youth travel baseball team, was working on cleaning up the field. Something caught his eye.
“A lot of our kids were still hanging around, they were out in left field throwing a football around,” he said. “There was this little girl in the group with them, and I’m watching her throw perfect spirals every single time, and throwing them a good distance. I was like, ‘What is that?’”
“That” was 7-year-old Mo’ne Davis. Her cousin was then a member of the Monarchs, and she was spending the afternoon at Marian Anderson Recreational Center messing around with some neighborhood boys. But she was also chasing them, running them down and tackling them — fearlessly.
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