Edith Houghton dies: Major League Baseball's first female scout was 100
Edith Houghton died February 2, at 100-years-old, after living a full life, doing what she loved most, playing baseball. According to the Associated Press, Edith started playing on baseball teams at age 10. By 12-years-old, she played with grown women, touring around the country, challenging any team that would have them, including some men's college teams. At 13, Edith toured Japan with her team, playing against teams in that country.
Eventually her playing days ended, and when that happened Houghton was determined to find work in the game she loved. She was hired on as a talent scout for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1946, becoming the first female in Major League Baseball history to do so. She stayed with the Phillies until 1952, when she left to join the military during the Korean War.
Upon retiring from the military, Edith relocated to Sarasota, Fla. for the remainder of her years. Her death came eight days before her 101st birthday. Houghton's contributions to baseball will likely never be forgotten, as even the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, displays mementos from her career, including the jersey she wore on a tour of Japan.
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