On This Day, Feb. 15, 1946 – Major League Baseball Gets First Female Scout
1946 – Edith Houghton, at age 33, was signed as a baseball scout by the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the first female scout in the major leagues.
There are different accounts about why Houghton got the job. Some say she bowled over the Phillies’ president, Robert Carpenter, with an uncanny grasp of the game. Others mention the scrapbook she brought along, bulging with newspaper clippings documenting her impressive career as a player in the 1920s and ’30s on the women’s national baseball circuit known as the Bloomer Girls league.
Philadelphia sportswriters, bitter at the team’s decade-long swoon at or near the bottom of the standings, said the Phillies had hired her simply because they had nothing to lose.
Named to the Phillies’ scouting corps by owner R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr., after the Second World War, when the Phillies transformed themselves from habitual last-place finishers to 1950 National League champions as the “Whiz Kids,” Houghton signed 15 players but none was able to make the Major Leagues.
She left the team in 1952 and rejoined the Navy, where she served during the Korean and Vietnam wars and retired as a chief petty officer.
1758 – Mustard was advertised for the first time in America.
1764 – The city of St. Louis was established.
1799 – Printed ballots were authorized for use in elections in the state of Pennsylvania.
1842 – Adhesive postage stamps were used for the first time by the City Dispatch Post (Office) in New York City.
1879 – U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill that allowed female attorneys to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
1898 – The USS Maine sank when it exploded in Havana Harbor for unknown reasons. More than 260 crew members were killed.
1900 – The British threaten to use natives in their war with the Boers.
1903 – Morris and Rose Michtom, Russian immigrants, introduced the first teddy bear in America.
1932 – George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on “The Guy Lombardo Show” on CBS radio.
1933 – U.S. President-elect Franklin Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami. Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak was killed in the attack.
1965 – Nat “King” Cole died of complications following surgery for lung cancer at the age of 48.
1953 – The first American to win the women’s world figure skating championship was 17-year-old Tenley Albright.
1962 – CBS-TV bought the exclusive rights to college football games from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for a figure of $10,200,000.
1965 – Canada displayed its new red and white maple leaf flag. The flag was to replace the old Red Ensign standard.
1982 – During a storm, the Ocean Ranger, a drilling rig, sank off the coast of Newfoundland. 84 men were killed.
1989 – After nine years of intervention, the Soviet Union announced that the remainder of its troops had left Afghanistan.a
1991 – The leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland signed the Visegard agreement, in which they pledged to cooperate in transforming their counties to free-market economies.
2002 – U.S. President George W. Bush approved Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a site for long-term disposal of radioactive nuclear waste.
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