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Joseph Charles Orengo

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California native Joe Orengo spent thirteen seasons in professional baseball from 1934 to 1946.

The all-around infielder played six years in the majors, with substantial numbers of games at all four of the infield spots (first, second, short and third), playing more at third than elsewhere. Joe's top year came in 1940 with the St. Louis Cardinals when he hit .287 in 129 games. He was with five different clubs during his major league time, hitting for a .238 average with 17 home runs in 366 games.

When not in the majors, he was in the minors from 1934 to 1946, spending 1937-39 with the Sacramento Solons of the Pacific Coast League. It was with the Solons that he had his best year in the minors, hitting at a .277 clip with 18 home runs in 1938. During his run in the minor leagues, Orengo hit at a .266 average with 89 home runs in 1,130 games.

He managed the 1946 Salt Lake City Bees, 1948 Sacramento Solons and 1949-1950 Yakima Bears.

Minor League Managerical Chart
Year Team League F W-L Pct GB Manager
1946 Salt Lake City Bees Pioneer 1 76-54 .585 - Joe Orengo
1948 Sacramento Solons Pacific Coast 8 75-113 .399 39 Joe Orengo / Earl Sheely
1949 Yakima Bears Western International 1 99-51 .660 - Joe Orengo
1950 Yakima Bears Western International 1 92-58 .613 - Joe Orengo

After his active days, Joe was director of the Speaker's Bureau for the Giants for 30 years. He died from a heart attack while at his home in San Francisco, CA, on July 24, 1988.

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