He offered kind words for athletes Madison Bumgarner and Mo'Ne Davis – and for 2-month-old Charlotte Mezvinsky

By Maggie Parker
Updated December 10, 2014 06:25 PM
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Like any proud grandpa, Bill Clinton will use any opportunity to drop a mention of his new granddaughter.

The former president was on hand Tuesday night at Sports Illustrated‘s Sportsman of the Year gala to honor Little League champ Mo’ne Davis, baseball MVP Madison Bumgarner, L.A. Laker legend Magic Johnson, and Pete Frates, the former baseball player who started this summer’s viral fundraiser, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

But Clinton managed to get in a few mentions of daughter Chelsea’s daughter, Charlotte, who was born in September.

When talking about Sportsman of the Year, San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, he envisioned taking Charlotte to Cooperstown to learn about the game when she’s “old enough to go.”

And during his introduction of SportsKid of the Year Mo’ne Davis, the first girl to earn a win and to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history, he hinted at a future in sports for his first grandchild.

“I saw Mo’ne Davis pitch several times and it was awesome – and now that I have a granddaughter, who so far is in the 95th percentile in size for her age,” noted the President, before returning to the honoree and adding, “She is a remarkable young woman.”

As for Davis, who is just 13, now that baseball is done for the year, she’s gearing up for basketball and indoor soccer season. “I hope to be in the WNBA some day, so hopefully that will come true,” the young star told PEOPLE.

Clinton’s granddaughter isn’t the only woman in his life whom he’s envisioned on the field. “I got in a lot of potentially bad habits when Hillary had that traveling job and I was home alone all the time. I watched all that guy stuff, you know, sporting events and movies,” he joked, referring to his wife’s former position as U.S. Secretary of State.

“Hillary was actually impressed that I was watching a teenage girl throw a baseball. And I said, ‘You’d be impressed too. If you could have done that at her age, you’d be in a different line of work!'”

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