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Joe Astroth

Joseph Henry Astroth Sr.

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 187 lb.

Born: September 1, 1922 in East Alton, IL
High School: Wood River HS (Wood River, IL)
School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
Signed
by the Philadelphia Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1945. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 13, 1945 (Age 22)
Rookie Status: Lost 1949 [*]
Team: Athletics 1945-1956

Final Game: May 13, 1956 (Age 33)
Died: May 3, 2013 in Boca Raton, FL
Buried: South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, FL
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Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1945 22 PHA AL 10 18 17 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .059 .111 .059 .170 -50 1 0 1 0 /2
1946 23 PHA AL 4 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .143 .143 .143 .286 -19 1 1 0 0 /2
1949 26 PHA AL 55 170 148 18 36 4 1 0 12 1 0 21 13 .243 .337 .284 .621 67 42 6 0 1 2
1950 27 PHA AL 39 128 110 11 36 3 1 1 18 0 0 18 3 .327 .422 .400 .822 113 44 7 0 0 2
1951 28 PHA AL 64 204 187 30 46 10 2 2 19 0 1 18 13 .246 .312 .353 .665 79 66 4 0 0 2
1952 29 PHA AL 104 370 337 24 84 7 2 1 36 2 2 25 27 .249 .305 .291 .596 62 98 18 2 6 2
1953 30 PHA AL 82 289 260 28 77 15 2 3 24 1 0 27 12 .296 .367 .404 .771 105 105 11 2 0 2
1954 31 PHA AL 77 252 226 22 50 8 1 1 23 0 0 21 19 .221 .296 .279 .575 58 63 2 3 2 0 2
1955 32 KCA AL 101 338 274 29 69 4 1 5 23 2 3 47 33 .252 .372 .328 .700 90 90 11 6 10 1 6 2
1956 33 KCA AL 8 14 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .077 .077 .077 .154 -59 1 0 0 1 0 0 /2
10 Yrs 544 1790 1579 163 401 51 10 13 156 6 6 177 124 .254 .334 .324 .658 78 511 60 14 20 1 6
162 Game Avg. 162 533 470 49 119 15 3 4 46 2 2 53 37 .254 .334 .324 .658 78 152 18 4 6

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1945 22 PHA AL 10 18 -3 0 0 -1 0 -4 -0.4 1 -3 -0.4 .456 .497 -0.3 -0.1 -2 $2,400 /2
1946 23 PHA AL 4 7 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .472 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $2,000 /2
1949 26 PHA AL 55 170 -6 -1 -1 0 1 -6 -0.6 5 -1 -0.1 .489 .496 -0.1 0.1 -1 $5,000 2
1950 27 PHA AL 39 128 4 0 -1 0 1 4 0.4 4 8 0.8 .511 .503 0.8 0.1 8 $7,500 2
1951 28 PHA AL 64 204 -5 -0 1 -1 2 -4 -0.5 6 2 0.1 .493 .497 0.2 0.1 3 $8,000 2
1952 29 PHA AL 104 370 -16 0 -3 1 3 -15 -1.7 11 -4 -0.6 .484 .489 -0.7 0.5 -5 $9,000 2
1953 30 PHA AL 82 289 1 2 -1 5 3 10 1.0 9 19 1.9 .512 .506 1.4 0.8 14 $12,500 2
1954 31 PHA AL 77 252 -12 0 1 -4 3 -12 -1.3 8 -4 -0.5 .483 .492 -0.1 -0.2 0 $13,500 2
1955 32 KCA AL 101 338 -5 -2 -1 2 4 -2 -0.2 10 9 0.9 .498 .499 0.6 0.7 7 $13,500 2
1956 33 KCA AL 8 14 -3 0 0 0 0 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .461 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 $15,500 /2
10 Seasons 544 1790 -47 -0 -5 2 17 -33 -3.7 55 22 1.8 .493 .497 1.4 2.1 20 $88,900

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1945 PHA AL 22 C 8 3 2 28 20 4 4 0 .857 3.00 .986 4.92 0 3 6 0 0% 46% 0
1946 PHA AL 23 C 4 2 2 9 7 1 1 0 .889 2.00 .982 5.52 0 0 1 0 0% 46% 0
1949 PHA AL 26 C 44 41 36 191 163 24 4 4 .979 4.25 .985 4.76 2 7 9 13 59% 45% 2
1950 PHA AL 27 C 38 31 28 282.1 134 123 9 2 3 .985 4.21 3.47 .985 4.94 4.85 4 4 8 3 27% 49% 0
1951 PHA AL 28 C 57 50 50 447.2 248 228 18 2 2 .992 4.95 4.32 .982 5.03 5.01 7 12 19 10 34% 46% 0
1952 PHA AL 29 C 102 92 90 843.2 476 436 36 4 9 .992 5.04 4.63 .985 5.44 5.44 7 13 19 22 54% 46% 0
1953 PHA AL 30 C 79 75 71 662.0 393 341 47 5 13 .987 5 9 5.27 4.91 .985 5.18 5.15 7 23 12 31 72% 51% 5
1954 PHA AL 31 C 71 64 60 583.0 343 300 39 4 5 .988 -4 -8 5.23 4.77 .986 5.40 5.36 4 19 24 16 40% 48% 5
1955 KCA AL 32 C 100 92 73 818.0 475 420 50 5 9 .989 2 3 5.17 4.70 .988 5.58 5.54 11 16 21 21 50% 47% 8
1956 KCA AL 33 C 8 5 2 42.0 24 19 5 0 1 1.000 0 0 5.14 3.00 .988 5.91 5.86 0 2 2 2 50% 44% 0
10 Seasons C 511 455 414 3678.2 2321 2057 233 31 46 .987 3 1 5.07 4.48 .985 5.34 5.25 42 99 121 118 49% 47% 20
10 Seasons TOT 511 455 414 3678.2 2321 2057 233 31 46 .987 3 1 5.07 4.48 .985 5.34 5.25 42 99 121 118 49% 47% 20
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
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Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1955 AL  6 (9th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1955 AL  10 (9th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1955 AL  6 (10th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1952 AL  18 (4th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1953 AL  47 (4th)
1955 AL  50 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1952 AL  9 (2nd)
1953 AL  13 (1st)
1955 AL  9 (4th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1951 AL  7 (2nd)
1952 AL  7 (4th)
1953 AL  7 (5th)
1955 AL  11 (2nd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1953 AL  31 (2nd)
1955 AL  21 (5th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1952 AL  53.7 (2nd)
1953 AL  72.1 (1st)
1955 AL  50.0 (3rd)
Career  49.4 (21st)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1953 AL  5 (1st)
1955 AL  2 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1953 AL  5.27 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1953 AL  4.91 (3rd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1952 AL  .992 (3rd)
1953 AL  .987 (4th)
1955 AL  .989 (4th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 2 (2791), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (415th), 1.8 career WAR/3.2 7yr-peak WAR/2.5 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary Sources Notes/Other Sources
194522Philadelphia Athletics$2,400Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194623Philadelphia Athletics$2,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
194926Philadelphia Athletics$5,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195027Philadelphia Athletics$7,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195128Philadelphia Athletics$8,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195229Philadelphia Athletics$9,000Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195330Philadelphia Athletics$12,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195431Philadelphia Athletics$13,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195532Kansas City Athletics$13,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
195633Kansas City Athletics$15,500Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$88,900
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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