The Alou brothers are undoubtedly a part of baseball history, let alone Giants history.
During a Sept. 10, 1963 game against the Mets, the three Alou brothers became the only three brothers in baseball history to bat in the same half-inning. Five days later, they occupied all three spots in the Giants’ outfield for the first and only all-brother outfield in big-league history. The three Alou brothers would collect 5,094 combined hits over their careers, beating out Joe, Dom and Vince DiMaggio for the best three-brother total of all time. (Yahoo)
Today, middle brother Matty passed away in his native Dominican Republic at the age of 72.
Orlando Cepeda:“I lost a great friend. We were roommates many times with the Giants. He was a very gracious man, and a tremendous baseball player.”
President of Leones del Escogido (Brandon Belt’s current Winter Ball team): “Dominican baseball in general, and the Leones del Escogido, in particular, has lost one of the most emblematic figures and an extraordinary human being.”
BROTHERS ALOU (from left) Felipe, Jesus and Matty throw out simultaneous first pitches on Opening Day at Pacific Bell Park, April 2003. The Dominican Today has reported that Mateo Rojas, known as Matty, has passed away at 72 from an undisclosed ailment.