On this date 101 years ago, Cardinals owner M. Stanley Robison died, causing his club to become the first major league sports franchise to be owned by a woman.
He left the club -- and most of his estate -- to his niece, 31-year-old Cleveland native Helene Hathaway Britton.
Other owners weren't happy about the arrangement. But Britton, a baseball fan who followed the Cleveland Spiders before they were disbanded following the 1899 season, decided to keep the club and eventually served as team president until 1916 when she sold it for $350,000 to a group that included Sam Breadon.
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