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Matty Alou, 72, dies

Posted on: November 3, 2011 1:21 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2011 4:23 pm
 
Matty Alou

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Sad news from the Dominican Republic today, as Matty Alou passed away at 72, according to Dominican Today.

Alou, 72, was the middle of the three Alou brothers and played for the Giants, Pirates, Cardinals, Athletics, Padres and Yankees in his big-league career that spanned 15 seasons. Alou hit .307/.345/.381 with 1,777 hits in his career and won a batting title with a .342 average for the Pirates in 1966. He was also a two-time All-Star, making the National League team in 1968 and 1969.

Alou is best known as part of the famous baseball family. In 1963, all three Alou brothers -- Matty, Felipe and Jesus -- took the field in the same outfield and combined for 5,094 career hits, the best mark for three baseball brothers. The year Alou won the batting title, his older brother, Felipe, finished second.

There was no announced cause of death.

Best wishes to the Alou family and the baseball community in the Dominican Republic. The Giants have issued the following statement:
The Giants were deeply saddened to learn about the passing of former Giants outfielder Matty Alou. Matty, who was a formidable player during his career, was a lifetime .307 hitter who collected 1,777 hits over 15 seasons, six with the Giants from 1960-65. He was a two-time All-Star and won the 1966 National League batting title with a .342 average while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although he played for six different teams, Matty remained a part of the Giants family as a long time employee and will be forever linked with his brothers – Felipe and Jesus – as the first all-brother Major League outfield.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Alou Family during this difficult time.
In the picture above, Matty Alou is on the right, with Felipe on the left and Jesus in the center.

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Comments

Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:18 am
 

Matty Alou, 72, dies

It's such a shame to see a fantastic player like Matty Alou pass away. The Giants Community is saddened, I'm saddened, and I hope your saddened too.




Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Matty Alou, 72, dies

C'mon, guys, no need to squabble over an obituary article like this.  PhilsFan, don't give all of us Phillies Phans a bad name.  There's no harm in expressing condolences here.  That's what we're all here for--to express ourselves about baseball-related topics.  And who knows who may read it.

And smart alecks who leap at the opportunity to bash Phillies fans in general because of some silly remarks made by one guy aren't helping, either.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Matty Alou, 72, dies

A few notes:
(1) I assume the picture was taken circa late 1973, when Felipe was retired as a player (having last played for the Yankees), while Matty was with the Yanks and Jesus was with the A's.
(2) Although the three may have all been on the Giants for about 15 games in 1963, I believe they only actually played in the same outfield in one game, maybe for one inning. 
(3) It's amazing that these three brothers, although all outfielders, were so different in physical stature and in their game.



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 11:17 am
 

Matty Alou, 72, dies

I find the online hilarious. 

You got these wannabe bad boys who call others names like "loser" but are too scared to show what they look like in real life. 

You got these suckups who suck up to anyone if they think it gets them attention. 

You have these desperate people who blame anyone but themselves for not being able to find someone thus they hunt online for friends and relationships to make up for what they can't get in real life.

You got these grammar geeks who somehow think it makes them something to correct people's typing when in reality their proving they have no real life because only those with no life care how others type.

Know what I'd to see? People who aren't fake, desperate or a suckup and they aren't afraid to show people what they look like. I'd say of the 1000s I've talked to online less than 20 are like me in the sense they aren't fake, they aren't desperate, they don't suck up and they show what they look like. 

So guys never care if someone threatens you or calls you names if their only gonna do if, if you don't know what they look like.
Matt Lee - part of the "new breed" of bad arses online.  Wow - everyone's running scared of you and the young guns...lmao

Thx for keeping it "real" bro... lmssao 



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:22 am
 

Matty Alou, 72, dies

RIP Mr. Alou and condolences to one and all ....     He WAS a "class act" unilke.....



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:45 am
 

Matty Alou, 72, dies

My favorite Alou brother.thank you for playing clean baseball. R I P



Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:17 am
 

Matty Alou, 72, dies

Congratulations on being a clean player, and part of a family heritage in baseball.  A loss to us fans.  Best wishes. 


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:30 pm
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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Matty Alou, 72, dies

I find the online hilarious.

You got these wannabe bad boys who call others names like "loser" but are too scared to show what they look like in real life.

You got these suckups who suck up to anyone if they think it gets them attention.

You have these desperate people who blame anyone but themselves for not being able to find someone thus they hunt online for friends and relationships to make up for what they can't get in real life.

You got these grammar geeks who somehow think it makes them something to correct people's typing when in reality their proving they have no real life because only those with no life care how others type.

Know what I'd to see? People who aren't fake, desperate or a suckup and they aren't afraid to show people what they look like. I'd say of the 1000s I've talked to online less than 20 are like me in the sense they aren't fake, they aren't desperate, they don't suck up and they show what they look like.

So guys never care if someone threatens you or calls you names if their only gonna do if, if you don't know what they look like.





Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Matty Alou, 72, dies

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