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Joe Brehany

Baseball ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

Joe Brehany never made it to the major leagues as a player, but he is believed to have been the first salaried big league baseball scout from Beaver County. He gained that distinction by serving as a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 15 years from 1935 through 1949. Joe later scouted for the Detroit Tigers from 1953 to 1958 and also scouted extensively in the Middle Atlantic, Blue Ridge, Piedmont, South Atlantic, International, and Florida Leagues. At times he filled in as a manager. Joe is a member of the Aliquippa Sports Hall of Fame and was honored by the Dapper Dan Club of Pittsburgh in 1975 for his long service to baseball. During his playing days, Joe played semipro and minor league baseball before becoming player-manager in 1921, but never made it to the majors. Joe managed a semipro team in Aliquippa in 1929 and 1930, while also playing in Coshocton, Ohio. From 1931 to 1939, he played in the Pittsburgh City League, in Youngstown, in the Aliquippa Community League, and for the Beaver Grays.