In 1922, the 10-year-old tomboy played baseball in Philadelphia. She was known as "the Kid" for her skills. That year, she tried out for the Philadelphia Bobbies, a new professional women's team. Ms. Houghton became the team's youngest and best player, and two years later, the kid shortstop traveled to Japan with the Bobbies to play against men's teams throughout the country.
Houghton also pitched for a Navy team as part of WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during World War II.
In 1946, Phillies owner Bob Carpenter hired her as the first female scout in baseball history. She worked for the team until 1952, when she returned to the Navy. She served in Korea and Vietnam before retiring to Sarasota, Florida.
In 2006, Ms. Houghton's baseball cap and other gear were put on display in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.