One of baseball’s all-time most consistent hitters has passed away today due to complications connected to diabetes.
Matty Alou passed away today at the age of 72 in Miami, Florida.
Alou was part of a great baseball family. His brothers Felipe and Jesus, and nephew Moises all played Major League Baseball. They were considered among the very best Dominicans to ever play professional baseball.
Matty played in the outfield with the San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees and San Diego Padres from 1960-1974.
In 1966 with the Pirates, he led the National League in batting with a .342 average. He had 1,777 hits throughout his career. In 1969, while still with the Pirates he led the National League with 231 hits and 41 doubles.
In the 1972 playoffs, Alou had a great American League Championship Series for the Oakland Athletics. He batted .381 in five games against the Detroit Tigers as Oakland advanced to the World Series, where they defeated the Cincinnati Reds in seven games.
Canadian baseball fans would remember Matty’s brother Felipe every well, as he managed the Montreal Expos from 1992-2001.