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Helene Britton in the baseball stands with her children, Marie and Frank DeHaas Britton. She sold the St. Louis Cardinals in 1918, before being able to pass the team to her son.
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The majority women ownership group at the helm of St. Louis' new professional soccer team is continuing a line of female sports ownership in the region that extends to the early 1900s.

While many St. Louisans recall that the National Football League's Rams were owned by Georgia Frontiere for much of the team's time in the Midwest, they might not know the Cardinals also had a female owner.

And she just so happened to be the first female owner in Major League Baseball history.