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Edith Houghton, MLB's first female scout, dies at 100

Edith Houghton loved baseball. She was involved in the game at many different levels throughout her life and ended up becoming MLB's first female scout. She died earlier this month at age 100.

A League of Their Own popularized the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was created during World War II as an alternative to the depleted Major Leagues of the time. But professional womens' baseball existed before then, usually as barstorming teams, and Houghton played on several of them during the 1920s and '30s. She started with the Philadelphia Bobbies, who at one point toured Japan, and later moved on to other teams like the New York Bloomer Girls and the Hollywood Girls.

And when her playing days were through, she became a front office pioneer. Hired by the Phillies in 1946, she worked as a scout until 1952, becoming the first woman to do so. She left the job when she left to serve in the military in the Korean War.

Houghton died eight days shy of her 101st birthday on Feb. 2 and was still following the Phillies on TV as of last year.

-- Dan Wohl /

h/t: Buzzfeed

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