HANK AARON can appreciate someone with the ability and fortitude to overcome challenges.
The Braves great yesterday met Mo'ne Davis 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 3-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 became 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 be 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. They are traveling in an authentic 1947 Flxible Clipper touring bus with no air conditioning, similar to the buses the Negro League players 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 yesterday.
* Major league home run leader Giancarlo Stanton has moved back into position to start in the July 14 All-Star Game. The Miami slugger rose from fourth to second among NL outfielders in totals announced yesterday, with San Francisco's Nori Aoki dropping out of the top three. Washington's Bryce Harper leads NL outfielders with 9.2 million votes, followed by Stanton at 4.8 million, St. Louis' Matt Holliday at 4.7 million and Aoki at 4.3 million. Harper's total is a record for NL players, topping the 7.6 million for San Francisco's Buster Posey in 2012.
* The New York Mets placed catcher Travis d'Arnaud on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow that was hyperextended on a play at the plate Saturday. D'Arnaud had returned June 10 from a 7-week stint on the DL with a broken finger. Also, Mets righthander Dillon Gee was sent outright to Triple A after clearing waivers.
* Bob Uecker returned to the Milwaukee Brewers' broadcast booth a week after sustaining a mild concussion when he was hit in the head by a ball during batting practice.
* Washington activated righthander Stephen Strasburg from the disabled list to start last night against Atlanta. He had missed 21 games due to neck tightness.
* Boston activated righthander Justin Masterson and catcher Erik Kratz and sent righthander Steven Wright and outfielder Rusney Castillo to Triple A.
* Atlanta placed first baseman Freddie Freeman (bruised wrist) on the 15-day disabled list.