Saturday, September 3, 2011

Player Profile: Jesus Alou

I have two cards of Jesus Alou. This one is from 1980 Topps.

Playing Career: Jesus Alou played for the Giants, Astros, A’s and Mets from 1963 to 1979. He was a contact hitter who never lived up to his billing as a potential star, but was sometimes a useful pinch-hitter/fourth outfielder, especially on the World Champion A’s teams of 1973 and 1974.

Where he is now: Director of Dominican Scouting for the Boston Red Sox.

Interesting facts: Part of the famous baseball family that includes his brothers Felipe Alou and Matty Alou and his nephews Moises Alou and Mel Rojas. According to this 1965 Ebony article, all of the family members are really Rojas and not Alou, but an error the Giants made with immigration when signing Felipe led to the brothers being known as Alou in the US but Rojas in the Dominican Republic. The article has lots of great photos of all three Alou brothers.

My memories: Just knew the name as being one of the Alou brothers; playing career was before my time.

Google Autocomplete results: He is sixth when you type Jesus A, between Jesus and Mo, a comic strip serializing Jesus and Mohammed, and Jesus and Children, which refers to Matthew 19:14. There do not appear to be any other prominent Jesus Alous.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Moises Alou.

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