Wednesday, May 18, 2016

1955 Bowman #119: Joe Astroth, Kansas City Athletics, C

     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.

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