MLB’s first female scout, Edith Houghton dies at 100 [Picture]

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Baseball world lost a pioneer and beloved figure for baseball last week when Edith Houghton died at the age of 100.
She began her baseball career at the age of 10 when she played the starting short-stop for the Bobbies. Just two years later she was known as a 12-Year-Pld-Wonder whose skills dazzled many and simply known as the Miracle 12-Year-Old who bowled skills as Bobbies round play competition they could find, including some people, college baseball teams AOS. In 1925, they even ended the tour in Japan, which pays the team $ 800 for every game they play. That time was 1922, long before the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was formed during World War II.

Along with teammates adult, magic baseball is making money and, more importantly, history. Houghton, AOS's uniform from Japanese tour displayed in Cooperstown.

But as Tim Wiles from Cooperstown Chatter writing, traveling on the diamond was just the beginning for the pioneering baseball:

    Upon returning to America, Edith first joined New York Bloomer Girls Girls Hollywood and later, the two leading ladies, AOS baseball team of the pre-AAGPBL. The team toured the country playing against the local people, AOS team.

    During World War II, Edith served in the Navy and is reported to play for the women WAVES, AOS baseball team, an exciting chapter in the history of women in baseball about which little is known today.

At age 35, Houghton has been seen and completed more than most of us could dream of in a lifetime, but he wanted to do more and he wants to do in the game he loves. With her determination, Houghton's first priority after coming home from war is to contact the Philadelphia Phillies owner Bob Carpenter to ask about a job as a scout.

As Wiles writes, all Carpenter had to do was look through a scrapbook compiled by Houghton memorable journey to realize she is qualified and dedicated candidates. Shortly thereafter, Houghton became the first woman hired to the position in major league baseball scouting. He would hold that position from 1946-1952, leaving to serve in the military during the Korean War.

Apparently, the last time was in charge of scouting Houghton will be involved in baseball in an official capacity. In total, he will sign a contract for fifteen players, and although it no signees will get the call to the big leagues, his impact on the organization is perceived and his legacy as a pioneer and one of the games, the most important figure AOS already solidified.

If you want to learn more about the remarkable life of Edith Houghton and contributions to baseball, I strongly advise you to read the piece Tim Wiles' I mentioned earlier and Susan Anne Burton article titled "The Coolest Girl In Baseball History" during at Buzzfeed. Doug Fernandez of the Sarasota Herald Tribune also wrote a nice piece celebrates 100th birthday last February Houghton.

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