Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Joe Mellana ’22
Mellana was described in the 1922 Scribe Annual yearbook as “another strong swatter on the nine. Joe is shy and bashful and does not like to talk of all the ball games he has broken up.” From Tech, he went on to play seven seasons in the minor leagues starting in 1926 with the Wilson Bugs (N.C.) and ending in 1932 with the Omaha Packers. He accumulated a batting average of .297. The third baseman played in four games for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1927. Mellana died in Larkspur in 1969 at the age of 64.