A team from Pennsylvania and a girl that's captured the nation's attention led to 13-year-olds getting a bigger home crowd than the MLB team.
Mo'ne Davis and the Taney Dragons from Philadelphia are in the Little League World Series, earning enough attention for their play to get her on the cover of Sports Illustrated. And since Williamsport is reasonably close to Philly, they got themselves a hometown crowd even better than the hometown crowd for the big league hometown team:
On the one hand, it makes sense -- the Phillies are 17 games out of first place, the Little League World Series is a once-a-year thing that entire communities rally around. But still. Woah!
For what it's worth, this isn't the record -- Lamade Stadium has a listed capacity of 40,000, and the biggest crowd in stadium history was 41,848 when Clinton County -- (editor's note: actually adjacent to, whoops) where Williamsport is actually located -- made the LLWS.
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