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Houghton, 100, one of 1st female MLB scouts, dies

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)

Edith Houghton, one of the first female scouts in Major League Baseball, has died at the age of 100.

After a playing career that included a stint with the Philadelphia Bobbies, Houghton worked for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1946-52, and also had a decorated career in the military. She retired and moved to Sarasota, Fla., in 1964. Houghton died on Feb. 2, in Sarasota, just eight days before her 101st birthday, a representative from Baron Rowland Funeral Home in Abington, Pa., confirmed.

There are several remembrances of Houghton at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. In an exhibit labeled ''Diamond Dreams,'' Houghton's Bobbies cap and her jersey from a Japanese baseball tour are on display. She donated the items to the Hall.

According to the Society for American Baseball Research, Bessie Largent worked alongside her husband, Roy, from the 1920s to the early 1940s, for the Chicago White Sox system.

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