Felton L. Stratton
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Debut 1923
- Final Game 1933
- Born November 3, 1895 in Nashville, TN USA
- Died December 25, 1974 in Nashville, TN USA
Felton Stratton was an infielder and manager. He was formerly misidentified as Leroy Stratton.
He debuted with his hometown Nashville Giants in the minor Negro Southern League. He debuted in the majors in 1923, hitting .270/.310/.403 (88 OPS+) for the Milwaukee Bears with a team-high four homers. He fielded .978 to the league average of .925. He had the best fielding percentage of any starter in the 1933 Negro National League at the hot corner, .31 ahead of Henry Blackmon.
In 1924, he hit only .202/.240/.267 (40 OPS+) for the Birmingham Black Barons but remained a sharp fielder (.952 at 3B). He bounced around in 1925, playing for Birmingham, the Chicago American Giants and Cuban Stars with a composite batting line of .245/.267/.316, for a 62 OPS+. His 20 sacrifice hits were second in the 1925 NNL.
Stratton spent the next few years with minor teams. He was with the Nashville Elite Giants when they joined the NNL in 1930 and produced at a .240/.273/.374 clip (72 OPS+) with a team-high five triples while manning short primarily. He spent the next year with Birmingham, which was not in a major circuit at the time. Rejoining Nashville in 1932, he was the team's starting left fielder and hit .257/.264/.321 (82 OPS+) in the regular season.
His final year, he was player-manager of Nashville. He struggled to hit well while still starting in left (.177/.210/.208, 15 OPS+). He had batted .228/.259/.309 for a 58 OPS+ in 332 games against top black teams.
Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1933||Nashville Elite Giants||Negro National League||20-25||5th||Nashville Elite Giants|