Matty Alou, the middle brother of the famed Alou brothers of San Francisco Giants lore, passed away. He began the 1962 pennant winning rally for the Giants and played well in the World Series.
But it was his time in Pittsburgh where he flourished. He won a batting title with the 1966 Pirates, played in the 1970 NLCS and made two All Star teams. He was dealt away before the 1971 season and missed his chance to win a World Series title in Pittsburgh.
But in 1972, he was dealt back to the Bay Area just before the September cut off. This time he was with the Oakland A’s. He knocked in a key run in the A’s Game 2 win over Detroit in the ALCS, hit a 10th inning double that looked like it would win the pennant. (The Tigers would tie and win the game.)
He would be the starting right fielder for the World Champion A’s. His brother Jesus would join the A’s for the 1973 and 1974 title teams.
Later Matty would finish his career in Japan.
The Alous are a regal baseball dynasty.
Not only were his brothers Felipe and Jesus big leaguers as well and his nephew Moises, but also his nephew Mel Rojas and cousin Jose Sosa all played in the show.
14+ years in the majors… a batting title… a World Series title… multiple All Star selections… and being a pioneer for Dominican players.
Matty Alou lived a life worth celebrating.