Born in Davenport, California on February 18, 1922, Joe Brovia entered pro baseball in 1940 at El Paso, in the Arizona-Texas League. He joined the San Francisco Seals in the PCL in 1941. After serving in the military from 1942 through 1945, he returned to San Francisco. In the ‘46 season he played both in the PCL for the Seals and in the Pioner League for Salt Lake City.
Years ahead of his time, Brovia is known for blousing his pants down around the ankles. He played for the Portland Beavers and the Sacramento Solons before being acquired by the Oaks in 1955. In Oakland, he hit .326 with 18 home runs and 73 RBI's, before being sold in late June to the Cincinnati Reds. After only a few months, he returned again to Oakland, where he appeared in 21 games as a pinch-hitter.
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Copyright William B. Shubb, 1998.