One of baseball’s most famous families loses a member

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One of baseball’s most memorable families has lost one of its stars.

Matty Alou, one of three Alou brothers to play the outfield for the San Francisco Giants in the same game in the 1960s, died Thursday in Miami. He was 72.

Matty, along with his brothers Felipe and Jesus, all were members of the Giants outfield in 1963 and remain the only three brothers to bat in the same half-inning of an MLB game. The Dominican-born star was the 1966 NL batting champ when he led the league with a .342 average. In 15 big-league seasons, played mostly with the Giants and Pirates, he hit .307 with 1,777 hits and 427 RBI.

On cardboard, he appears on just 114 cards in the database. His Rookie Card can be found in the 1961 Topps set — it typically sells for $12 or less.

Alou signed just six certified autograph cards through the years — all of them found in the 2005 Topps Retired Signatures Autographs set, and four of those are 1/1 press plates. His standard autograph card from the set typically sells for $15 or less, while the Refractor version has sold for as much as $60.

In all, his cards that aren’t too rare to price go for a total of $1,212.05, according to the database.

The three brothers also weren’t the only relatives to play in the major leagues. Their cousin, Jose Sosa, played big-league ball, while Moises Alou, Felipe’s son, was a six-time All-Star and Mel Rojas also was a big-leaguer in the family.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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