Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old Little League dynamo with a 70-mph pitch heard ’round the world — at least, until her team, the Taney Dragons, were eliminated from the finals on Thursday — was repeatedly asked what she wants to be when she grows up.

Her answer: point guard for the WNBA.

“Imagine a 13-year-old boy who’s as good as she is, who’s gotten the recognition that she has, saying he’s not interested in going into baseball,” says Jennifer Ring, author of “Stolen Bases: Why American Girls Don’t Play Baseball,” who’s dismayed that the now nationally known teen athlete doesn’t see Major League Baseball as an option or even a dream.

“That the first Little Leaguer on the cover of Sports Illustrated is an African-American girl is amazing. She’s breaking all kinds of barriers. And she still, in her head, is saying, ‘I can’t proceed with baseball.’ ”

Davis has no obligation to keep on pitching, obviously. But it’s worth asking: If not her, whom? Why has there never been a woman in the major leagues?

The boilerplate answers can be found in coverage of Davis’ remarkable feats this year, immediately following raves about how natural a ballplayer sheis.

Sure. But she’s playing against boys who haven’t hit puberty yet. She won’t be a match for them when they do. Women can’t throw long enough, run fast enough, hit hard enough to play alongside men. No woman could ever hope to compete on a pro level; it’s a male game, and always will be.

“It’s a really old argument. I’m surprised it’s still around,” says Julie Croteau, the first woman to play men’s NCAA baseball. “It seems like a really weak argument, too, with all the things women have accomplished in sports.”

Croteau is all too familiar with those arguments; they were used against her in 1988, when she and her family sued her high school for her right to play on the boys’ varsity baseball team. She lost, but went on to play with the men at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and, eventually, for the women’s pro team the Colorado Silver Bullets and in the MLB-sanctioned Hawaiian Winter Baseball League. Her glove is now in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The path to a female major-league player, says Croteau, is making sure girls like Davis, and Croteau before her, have a lot more high-profile female company out on the field.