Asa Stratton

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Asa Stratton
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Born: (1853-02-10)February 10, 1853
Grafton, Massachusetts
Died: August 14, 1925(1925-08-14) (aged 72)
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Batted: Unknown Threw: Unknown
MLB debut
June 17, 1881, for the Worcester Ruby Legs
Last MLB appearance
June 17, 1881, for the Worcester Ruby Legs
MLB statistics
Batting average .250
Games played 1
hits 1

Asa Evans Stratton (February 10, 1853 – August 14, 1925) was an American newspaper editor, lawyer, and baseball player who played one game for the Worcester Ruby Legs in 1881.

Early life[edit]

Stratton was born on February 10, 1853 in Grafton, Massachusetts to Cyrus W. Stratton and Eliza A. (Bosworth) Stratton.[1][2]


Stratton attended Brown University, where he played on the school's baseball team and was managing editor of the school newspaper, Libre Braunensis. He graduated in 1873 and went on to attend the Boston University School of Law and play semipro baseball for a number of teams including Live Oak and the Rolestone nine in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.[1]

On June 17, 1881, Stratton appeared in a game at shortstop for the Worcester Ruby Legs. In that game, he had one hit in four at bats. He was the first Brown alumnus to play in the majors.[1]

Newspaper editor[edit]

Outside of baseball, Stratton practiced law in Worcester and Fitchburg. In 1885 he ended his practice when he became the proprietor of The Gardner News. From 1895 to 1902 he was the editor of the Fitchburg Morning Sun. From 1905 to 1925 he worked for Fitchburg Sentinel as city editor (1905 to 1918) and editorial writer (1918 to 1925). He was also a well known music critic.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

On April 10, 1878, Stratton married Ada F. Bigelow. They had one child, Helen Florence Stratton.[2]

Stratton resided in Fitchburg for 47 years and was a member of the city's Library Board of Trustees.[1][5]


Stratton died on August 14, 1925 in Fitchburg. The cause of death was listed as "shock".[1] He is interred at Riverside Cemetery in Grafton.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Harris, Rick (2012). Brown University Baseball: A Legacy of the Game. The History Press. 
  2. ^ a b Bosworth Genealogy: A History of the Descendants of Edward Bosworth who Arrived in America in the Year 1634. 1936. 
  3. ^ "Asa Evans Stratton". The New York Times. August 15, 1925. 
  4. ^ "Asa E. Stratton, Editor, of Fitchburg, is Dead". The Boston Daily Globe. August 15, 1925. 
  5. ^ Annual Report of the Public Library of the City of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. 1925. 
  6. ^ "Asa Stratton's career statistics". Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 

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