Friday, November 4, 2011

Dominican baseball legend Matty Rojas Alou dies, Pelotero Dominicano Matty Rojas Alou se murio

The Dominican Baseball Guy is still coming down from his post World Series hangover in which his beloved Texas Rangers blew the series with one out to go.

But, alas we have the Dominican Winter Baseball League (LIDOM) underway, so it is a great time of year for fans of Dominican baseball.

Sadly,  the Dominican Baseball Guy has to report on the death of one of the greatest Dominican baseball players of all-time, Matty Alou.  The news was first reported by Dominican Today here.  Big League Stew, which is a great Yahoo baseball blog, later had a nice post on Matty Alou.

Matty, and his brothers Felipe and Jesus were the first and only brothers to start in all three outfield positions (for the Giants in 1963).  They combined to have 5,094 hits, which is the most all time by brothers in MLB.  Matty is a legend in the Dominican Republic, and throughout baseball really, because he was in the first wave of Dominicans to play in MLB, starting in the 1950's.  He played for 15 seasons and won the NL batting title in 1966.

The Alou's are definitely the first family of Dominican baseball.  Felipe went on to have a long managerial career, and Felipe's son Moises also had a long MLB career.  Moises is currently the GM of the Leones de Escogido in the Dominican Winter Baseball League.

RIP Matty Alou, one of the greatest Dominican Baseball players and Giants of all-time.

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