Helene Hathaway Britton

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Helene Hathaway Robison Britton (1879 - January 8, 1950) was the owner of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team of the National League from 1911 through 1916. She inherited the franchise upon the death of her uncles, Frank and Stanley Robison. Britton was the first woman to own a Major League Baseball franchise.


Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Britton's father owned the Cleveland Spiders until the team folded after the 1899 season. She inherited ownership of the St. Louis Cardinals on the death of her uncle, Stanley Robison, in 1911. She divorced Cardinals president Schuler Britton in 1916. She sold the team in 1917 remarried, and died in Philadelphia at the age of 71.[1]


  1. ^ "Mrs. Bigsby, Owned Baseball Club, 71. First Woman to Head Major Team, St. Louis Cardinals, Dies. Sold Out in 1917". New York Times. January 10, 1950. Retrieved 2009-08-26. Mrs. Helene H.R. Bigsby, the first woman to own a major league baseball club, died last night at her daughter's home in West Philadelphia after an illness of three months. Her age was 71. 

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