It's a sad day for the game of baseball as former San Francisco Giant Mateo Rojas "Matty" Alou passed away from an undisclosed ailment Thursday. He was 72.
Matty played for six teams in his 15 year career, which began with the Giants from 1960-65. He was one third of the great trio of Alou brothers, who along with Felipe and Jesus Alou, made MLB history as the only three brothers in baseball history to bat in the same half-inning, as well as the only three brothers to play all three spots in an MLB outfield for the Giants at the same time in 1963.
Matty was a lifetime .307 hitter with 1,777 career hits and 427 RBI. He was a two-time All-Star ('68, '69), won the 1966 National League batting title with a .342 average while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as being a part of the Oakland A's World Championship team in 1972. He will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest players ever to come out of the Dominican Republic, and one of the greatest Giants to ever have lived.