Edith Houghton, the first female Major League Baseball scout, died this month at the age of 100, according to a Feb. 10 Yahoo Sports report. Houghton reportedly played on several women’s baseball teams during the 1920s and 1930s, before the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was even formed.
Houghton started her baseball career 90 years ago when she was only 10-years-old, as a starting shortstop for the Philadelphia Bobbies, an all-girls professional team. Two years later, she was a hit in the world of baseball, simply known as a 12-Year-Old Wonder whose skills dazzled.
She served in the Navy during World War II and continued playing baseball upon her return, she reportedly contacted Bob Carpenter, owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, and asked to work as a scout. She was hired immediately. She stayed in the position until 1952 when she left to serve in the Korean war.
After the Korean war, she scouted and signed fifteen players during her career. She leaves a legacy as a pioneer in the world of MLB.
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