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Edith Houghton, Major League Baseball's first female scout, dies

February 11, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Edith Houghton in her playing days.
Edith Houghton in her playing days. (MLB )

Edith Houghton, Major League Baseball's first female scout, died Feb. 2 at age 100, mlb.com is reporting.

Houghton played on several women's teams during the 1920s and '30s, including the Hollywood Girls.

She 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 died eight days short of her 101st birthday.

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