Obituary, Sport

Obituary: baseball star Matty Alou dies aged 72

Matty Alou, who with his brothers Felipe and Jesus once formed a formidable trio while playing for the San Francisco Giants, has died at the age of 72.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Alou was the 1966 National League batting champion with Pittsburgh, and also played for St. Louis, Oakland, the New York Yankees and San Diego. He was a career .307 hitter with 31 home runs during his 15-year career, which ran from 1960 to 1974.

Along with his brothers, Matty Alou was a popular figure in 60’s American baseball. In 2007, he was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame. As well as the 1966 batting title, Alou also took the World Series in 1972 and was twice an All Star selection.

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