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Alou You Need To Know The Alous made their mark in the major leagues--brothers Felipe, Matty and Jesus combined for more than 5,000 hits in 47 total seasons--and Felipe's son Moises still carries the family banner

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Alou You Need To Know The Alous made their mark in the major leagues--brothers Felipe, Matty and Jesus combined for more than 5,000 hits in 47 total seasons--and Felipe's son Moises still carries the family banner

Compiled by David Sabino

THREE UP, THREE DOWN

This is an article from the June 9, 2003 issue Original Layout

On Sept. 10, 1963, the day Jesus was called up to complete the
Giants' Alou trifecta, all three brothers batted in the eighth
inning against Mets righthander Carlton Willey. It was the only
time three siblings hit in the same halfinning. Willey retired
the Alous in order.

THE ALL-ALOU OUTFIELD

Five days later the Alou brothers made history by playing
together in the San Francisco outfield for the final two innings
of a 13-5 rout of the Pirates. Matty played leftfield, Felipe was
in center, and Jesus was in right. The brothers would fill the
outfield once more before Felipe was traded to the Braves in the
off-season.

POWER TRIO

The Alou brothers played in 5,129 games and collected more hits
than any other trio of brothers in big league history.

BROTHERS HITS

Felipe, Jesus and Matty Alou 5,094
Dom, Joe and Vince DiMaggio 4,853
Ed, Frank and Jim Delahanty* 3,979
Joe, Luke and Tommy Sewell 3,619
Clete, Cloyd and Ken Boyer 3,559

*The best combination of the five Delahanty brothers

THE SERIES STORY

All four members of the Alou family have played in at least one
World Series, with varying degrees of success.

ALOU SERIES TEAM(S) GAMES AB HR RBIS AVG

Moises 1997 Marlins 7 28 3 9 .321
Felipe 1962 Giants 7 26 0 1 .269
Jesus 1973, '74 A's 8 20 0 3 .150
Matty 1962 Giants, '72 A's 13 36 0 1 .139

DYNAMIC DUO

Matty Alou won the National League batting title in 1966 with a
.342 average for the Pirates. Felipe hit .327 for the Braves to
finish second. It's the only time brothers have finished one-two
in a big league batting race.

DOMINICAN DANDY

Felipe was the second Dominican-born major leaguer, following
Ozzie Virgil, and the first Dominican star in the majors. He
remains the only Dominican player with 2,000 hits and 200 home
runs. However, countryman Sammy Sosa, with 1,993 hits at week's
end, was on the verge of joining him.

PLAYER CAREER HITS HR BIRTHPLACE

Julio Franco* 1982-present 2,323 151 San Pedro de Macoris
Tony Fernandez 1983-2001 2,276 94 San Pedro de Macoris
Felipe Alou 1958-74 2,101 206 Haina
Cesar Cedeno 1970-86 2,087 199 Santo Domingo
Sammy Sosa* 1989-present 1,993 505 San Pedro de Macoris

*Statistics through Sunday

DADS IN THE DUGOUT

When Felipe replaced Tom Runnells as manager of the Expos on May
22, 1992, he became the fifth man in major league history to
manage his son; Moises was a third-year outfielder for Montreal.

MANAGER SON TEAM SEASONS

Connie Mack Earle Athletics 1910-11, 1914
Yogi Berra Dale Yankees 1985
Cal Ripken Sr. Cal Jr. Orioles 1985, '87-88
Cal Ripken Sr. Billy Orioles 1987-88
Hal McRae Brian Royals 1991-94
Felipe Alou Moises Expos 1992-96
Bob Boone Aaron Reds 2001-present

--Compiled by David Sabino

B/W PHOTO: AP THREE'S A CHARM Jesus, Matty, and Felipe posed before makinghistory on Sept. 10, 1963.COLOR PHOTO: SAM MORRIS/AP JESUS, MATTY, FELIPE IN '96COLOR PHOTO: V.J. LOVERO FELIPE, MOISES IN '95