Matty Alou, a former MLB batting champion, passed away yesterday at the age of 72. Alou played in the majors from 1960 - 74, primarily with the Giants and Pirates. He had a career batting average of .307 with his strength being as a singles hitter. Starting his career with the Giants, Alou was primarily a bench player. Matty and his brothers Felipe and Jesus made history with the Giants when in 1963, all three brothers played in the outfield at the same time.
Alou was traded to the Pirates prior to the 1966 season. In his first year in Pittsburgh Alou finished the season with a .342 batting average, which was enough to win the batting title. Alou's brother Felipe finished second to his younger brother with an average of .327. After five successful seasons in Pittsburgh, two of them being All Star years ('68 & '69), the Pirates sent him to St. Louis before the 1971 season. He played for four more years before finishing his career in 1974 with the Padres.