Tuesday, December 17, 2019

#103 Joe Astroth

#103 Joe Astroth
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"His Walk About" - Joe Astroth played in parts of 10 Major League seasons, all as a member of  the Athletics, albeit 8 as a Philadelphia Athletic and 2 as a Kansas City Athletic.  A .254 career hitter, Astroth finished with 13 career home runs and 401 hits.  He appeared in more than a hundred games in a season twice during his career.

"That's Not a Knife" - Astroth ran a bowling alley and dairy bar after his playing career came to an end.  I believe "dairy bar" is another way of saying ice cream shop, but I could be wrong.

"More of a love bite really..." - A good amount of color fading and white marks are present on this card.  While it's sturdy enough and isn't terribly creased, it certainly looks it's age.

"Down Under" - Astroth is card #290 in the 1952 set.  I don't hate the solid colored backgrounds in the '52 set, and feel like some of them work very well, the Astroth just isn't one of them.  His '53 on the other hand, just oozes with character.  I much prefer it to his '52.  That extends the '53 set's lead to 18-14-1.

"At the Oscars"
Led AL Doubles '42
4th AL Stolen Bases '46
5th AL Stolen Bases '47
7th AL Stolen Bases '42
7th AL Intentional Walks '50

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