Edith Houghton, Major League Baseball’s first female scout, died Feb. 2 at age 100. She played on several women’s teams during the 1920s and ’30s, including the Hollywood Girls.
Houghton was hired as a scout by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1946 and worked in that capacity until 1952, when she left to serve in the military in the Korean War. She signed 15 players while she was a scout. None of them made it to the majors.
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.
Houghton died eight days short of her 101st birthday.