Pete Naton

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Peter Alphonsus Naton

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Pete Naton played in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first pro season but never returned to the big leagues.

Naton attended the College of the Holy Cross, where he was a member of the team that won the 1952 College World Series. He was signed by the Pirates on June 12, 1953 and made his major league debut four days later, going 0-for-3 against the Chicago Cubs. He appeared in another game three days later before being sent down to the minors for a time. Back in the bigs in September, he appeared in 4 more games, hitting .167 overall for Pittsburgh

Naton would go on to spend five more seasons in the minors, with 1954 being his best year. That summer, he appeared in 135 games and made the All-Star team for the Burlington-Graham Pirates of the Carolina League, hitting .288 with 16 home runs, but he then spent 1955 to 1958 with four different teams, not making much headway at any stop. He finished out his pro baseball career with the Salt Lake City Bees of the Pacific Coast League in 1958 with a minor league career average of .244 and 43 home runs in 462 games.


Baseball Players of the 1950s

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