Elburt Preston Fletcher (March 18, 1916 – March 9, 1994) was a professional baseball first baseman. He played all or part of 12 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Boston Braves (1934–35) and Bees (1937–39), Pittsburgh Pirates (1939–43, 1946–47) and Braves again (1949). Fletcher batted and threw left-handed.
|Born: March 18, 1916|
|Died: March 9, 1994 (aged 77)|
|September 16, 1934, for the Boston Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 1949, for the Boston Braves|
|Runs batted in||616|
|Career highlights and awards|
Fletcher made his major league debut in 1934 in an unusual way. A contest was held to determine which Boston-area high school player was most likely to reach the major leagues, with the winner receiving an invitation to the Braves' spring training camp. With the help of a number of votes from his large family, Fletcher won, and then actually made the team.
- Honig, Donald (1975) Baseball When the Grass Was Real: Baseball from the Twenties to the Forties Told by the Men Who Played It. New York: Coward, McGann & Geoghegan. pp. 58–71. SBN 698-10660-1.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Elbie Fletcher at Find a Grave
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