Joe Astroth was a career Athletics player from 1945-1956. He made the move from Philadelphia to Kansas City with the team in 1955 to become the K.C. Athletics first starting catcher. Astroth could draw a Walk, ranking 3rd on the team for Walks in 1955. He also performed well defensively, ranking among A.L. Catchers with 3rd in Range Factor/Game, 4th in Double Plays Turned, 4th in Fielding %, and 5th in Assists. After the '56 season, Astroth played two years with the A's Triple-A affiliate before retiring at the age of 35.