Houghton's love of baseball spans century

Houghton's love of baseball spans century

Houghton's love of baseball spans century
Edith Houghton was an outstanding baseball player who first played for a team called the Philadelphia Bobbies, a factory team made up of women. She was only 10 years old. Her teammates ranged from 16-20 years of age.

Houghton, a one-time Phillies scout, turned 100 years young on Feb. 12.

A catcher, Houghton also played for the New York Bloomer Girls and Hollywood Girls teams. Her era was 1922-1931. When women's baseball teams began to disappear in the mid 1930s, she turned to softball.

She enlisted in the Navy during World War II and was able to play baseball while in the service.

After the war, Houghton wrote to Phillies owner R. R. M. (Bob) Carpenter Jr. saying she would like to be a scout. Carpenter hired her as the first female scout, working for the Phillies from 1946-52. According to reports, she signed 15 players, none of whom made it to the big leagues.

A member of the Navy reserves, Houghton's unit was activated during the Korean War and she never returned to the Phillies or baseball.

Residing in Sarasota, Fla., Houghton still follows the Phillies as much as she can on television, a relative said.

As a special birthday present, the Phillies sent her a pinstriped jersey, with "HOUGHTON 100" on the back.

Larry Shenk is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.