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    Joe Astroth was an Athletic his entire career, which ranged from 1945 to 1956.

    Passed away at Boca Raton, Florida on 10:47 PM, May 3, 2013 at the age of 90.Joe Astroth is survived by his loving wife, Majorie I. Astroth, of 65 years.

    They were married at St Mary's Church in Alton, Illinois on October 18, 1947.Joe is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Janet A. Thompson of Delray Beach, Florida; his sons, August A. Astroth of Charlotte, North Carolina; Joseph H. Astroth, Jr. of San Rafael, California; Brian D. Astroth of Midlothian, Virginia; 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Joe was born in East Alton, Illinois on September 1, 1922.

    He graduated from Wood River High School in 1940 and went on to attend the University of Illinois where he "lettered" in football, baseball and basketball until he entered military service in 1942. He served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II until his Honorable Discharge in 1945. Immediately after his discharge, he was given a Major League baseball contract from the Philadelphia Athletics as a catcher.

    His Major League debut was August 13, 1945, without playing a single minor league game; and his final appearance was May 13, 1956. During this entire time, he was a member of the Athletics, moving with them to Kansas City in 1955.
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