Naton was an outstanding catcher for Jack Barry's baseball teams for three varsity seasons from 1951-53. In 1952 he caught every inning of every game and the team posted a 21-3 record, serving as New England's representative in the NCAA Championship at Omaha, Nebraska. In Omaha, Holy Cross played seven games in six days. As the starting backstop he worked with a pitching staff which threw seven complete games en route to the World Series championship. That year, he batted .340 and led the team in RBI. Overall during his three years as a starting catcher, the teams was 46-11. He was named All-East (First Team), All New England (First Team), and AP All American (Honorable Mention) as a Crusader. After graduation, he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates and spent part of the 1953 season in the major leagues. He spent six season in the minor leagues before ending his baseball career.