Monday, March 20, 2023

RIP - Jesus Alou

Jesus Alou, one of three Alou brothers to have played in the majors during the 1960s and 1970s, passed away on March 10, 2023 at age 80.
Alou made his major-league debut in September 1963 with the Giants. During 1 game that month, all 3 brothers played in the outfield at the same time. (A one-time-only occurrance, since some guy named Willie Mays also wanted playing time.) 
After a few years of the Giants shedding their excess veteran outfielders (including Orlando Cepeda and Jesus' brothers Felipe and Matty), Jay settled into a starting corner outfield job from 1965-67, and part of '68. 
He was selected by the Expos in the expansion draft, but was dealt to the Astros before the season as part of the Rusty Staub-for-Donn Clendenon trade. 
After 3 seasons as a starting outfielder for the Astros, he spent 1 1/2 seasons as a bench player, then bounced around to the Athletics, Mets, and the Mexican League. 

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