One Of The Legendary Alou Brothers Passes Away

 The Alou Brothers—Felipe, Jesus and Matty—were a staple in the major leagues for years in the 1960s and 70s as players, and a lot longer in coaching and scouting. They even played together, all three of them in the outfield, at one point. Now Jesus Alou has passed away at the age of 80.

Felipe Alou, the oldest and most renowned of the Dominican brothers, is now, at the age of 87, the only surviving Alou. Matty died back in 2011 at the age of 72. 

Jesus began his career in 1963 with the San Francisco Giants and was able to join both of his older brothers with the team, until Felipe moved on to the Milwaukee Braves in '64, and Matty left for the Pittsburgh Pirates in '66. 

After his six years with the Giants, Jesus Alou moved on to play for the Houston Astros (7 seasons), the Oakland A's and the New York Mets.

He batted .280 throughout his 15-year career, was a two-time World Series champion, and spent a total of over 60 years in baseball as a player, coach, scout, & ambassador.

Famed baseball author Jim Bouton, who played with Jesus Alou, wrote this about him in one of his books: "J. is one of the most delicate, sensitive, nicest men I have ever met. He'd walk a mile out of his way to drop a coin in some beggar's cup." 

The Alou Family has produced many other major leaguers as well, including Moises Alou, José Sosa, Luis Rojas, and Mel Rojas

RIP Jesus Alou.