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Thursday, October 03, 2013
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Kander Announces Program on First Female Major League Baseball Owner
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced a program highlighting the life of Helene Hathaway Robison Britton, the first female owner in Major League Baseball. Hosted by the Missouri State Archives, a division of Kander’s office, author and historian Joan M. Thomas will speak about her new book, Baseball’s First Lady: Helene Hathaway Robison Britton and the St. Louis Cardinals, on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 7 p.m.
Britton inherited the St. Louis Cardinals from her uncle in 1911, nearly a decade before women gained the right to vote. Operating among baseball’s magnates, she attended owners’ meetings as an equal and took an active role in running her club.
Facing competition from one, and then two other St. Louis teams, she maintained the Cardinals for six years before selling the club. While enduring legal, cultural and domestic challenges, Britton balanced her role as businesswoman, wife and mother and established the foundation of today’s successful baseball dynasty.
The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker, (573) 526-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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