Obit of the Day: The 2nd Best Alou Brother

Mateo “Matty” Alou, one-third of the only all-brother outfield in major league history, has died at the age of 72. Alou came up with the San Francisco Giants in 1961 joining his older brother Felipe. Two seasons later, their younger brother Jesus began his career with the Giants. Several times that season, usually late in games, the Giants would feature an Alou in left, center and rightfields. (It was hard to play the Alous from start-to-finish because of two other pretty good outfielders on the team: Willie Mays and Willie McCovey.)

During his fifteen seasons in the majors, Matty Alou played with six teams and in two World Series (1962 - Giants; 1972 - Oakland A’s, playing with Jesus). Alou had an average career with 1777 hits, 156 stolen bases, 31 home runs, and a very respectable .307 batting average. He won the batting title in 1966 and was named an All-Star in 1968 and 1969 while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His full stats are available here.

Random note: On August 26, 1965 Matty Alou pitched two shutout innings as a member of the Giants versus the Pirates. He gave up three hits, one walk, and struck out three - including future Hall of Famer Willie Stargell twice.

(Image of Topps 1961 baseball card is courtesy of sportsbuy.com)