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Edith G. Houghton collection

 Collection — Box: Single Folder Collections - 2004 Box, Folder: 04.0292 - Folder 1
Identifier: 02-04.0292

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to storekeeper first class Edith Houghton who served in the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) and was a baseball player. This collection contains an interview transcript of Houghton and newspaper clippings related to her baseball tour in Japan in the 1920s.


  • November 17, 2004
  • Event: 1925-1972


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical / Historical

Storekeeper First Class Edith G. Houghton was born on February 10th, 1912. She was the first, and at her death remained the only, female full-time Major League Baseball (MLB) scout. Raised in Philadelphia as part of a large family, her athletic talent was recognized early and at 10 was drawing praise as a shortstop for the Philadelphia Bobbies, a team in the Bloomer Girls League. Edith toured Japan with the team in 1925, later played for the Hollywood Girls and the New York Bloomer Girls, finished high school. During World War II, Houghton joined the Navy WAVES. Trained as a Storekeeper (SK), she played baseball on Navy teams then after the conflict remained in the Navy Reserve while working in a Philadelphia hardware store. One day in 1945 she walked into the office of Philadelphia Phillies' president Robert Carpenter's and announced that she wanted to scout for the team. Impressed with her knowledge of the game, he hired her as the first solo female MLB scout. Remaining with the Phillies thru 1951, Houghton signed 16 players, though none reached the Majors. She was recalled to active duty in 1951, she stayed in the Navy until her 1968 retirement as a Chief Storekeeper (SKC). She passed away on February 2, 2013 at the age of 100. She is buried at Northwood Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



1 folders (1 folder)

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Edith G. Houghton collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository