The intersection of personal and professional factors — along with the right players — made him the right person to lead the Yankees. On Saturday, the team will retire his number.
Mo’ne Davis and her Philadelphia team lost to Las Vegas, 8-1, at the Little League World Series, but she has inspired a wide following in athletics and elsewhere.
Players in the series range from ages 11 to 13, a time of enormous physical change. But not all change is equal, and girls generally get a two-year head start on their growth spurts.
Against Team U.S.A., the 18-year-old basketball prodigy from New Jersey has already tested his skills against N.B.A. players.
The standout American swimmer managed to compete at the Pan Pacific Championships despite backs spasms that took her breath away.