Joseph Anthony Bracchitta
- Bats Left
- Height 5' 11", Weight 178 lb.
Outfielder and first baseman Joe Bracchitta spent 11 seasons in the minor leagues. Despite playing seven years and part of an eighth at Triple-A, he never made the major leagues. He spent his entire career in the New York Giants system, save for a spell in unaffiliated ball in 1948 and a brief stay in the Washington Senators system in 1956.
He began his professional career in 1944 at 17 years old. After a rough first campaign, he exploded in 1945, hitting .353/.440/.460 with 115 hits, 46 walks and only 33 strikeouts in 86 games for the Springfield Giants. He slumped to .276 for the Trenton Giants the next year, though he hit 12 triples. After hitting .311 in 103 games between the Manchester Giants and Triple-A Jersey City Giants in 1947, Bracchitta saw his batting average drop to .273 in 1948. He joined Triple-A permanently in 1949. With Jersey City that year, he hit .272/.407/.336 with 106 walks and only 51 Ks in 128 games. He hit .254/.407/.317 with 127 walks and 54 strikeouts in 140 games for Jersey City in 1950.
He did not play in 1951 or 1952 due to service in the Korean War. After returning from the conflict, he was assigned to the Minneapolis Millers, where he served in a reserve role for three seasons. The first two were mediocre, though in 1955, he hit .297/.413/.427 in 232 at-bats. He wrapped up his career in 1956, spending most of the year with the Louisville Colonels in the Senators organization.
Overall, Bracchitta hit .278 with 36 home runs and 1,014 hits in 1,128 games.
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