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Felipe Alou

Felipe Alou (May 12, 1935-) was a star slugger who played for several baseball teams from the 1950s through the 1970s. Born in Haina in the Dominican Republic, he played in the Major Leagues at the same time as his two younger brothers, Matty and Jesus, and they were all able to play together on the San Francisco Giants (along with other stars Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda) in 1963 as the only Major League all-brother outfield.

Felipe Alou was a very productive hitter, especially after being trading to the Milwaukee Braves prior to the 1964 season. He led the National League with a .342 batting average in 1966 and led the NL in 231 hits in 1969. His career lasted until the mid-1970s, where he finished with the Oakland Athletics, the New York Yankees and briefly with the Montreal Expos.

After the end of his player career, he became a batting coach and a minor league manager, eventually becoming the manager of the Montreal Expos in 1992. Despite the low payroll and constant trades of young talent, Felipe Alou was successful enough to be named the NL Manager of the Year in 1994, finishing the strike-shortened season with the best record in baseball. Many young talents were nurtured Felipe Alou's watch, including Pedro Martinez, Larry Walker, John Wetteland, Delino DeShields, Mike Lansing and Alou's own son, Moises Alou.

But despite his popularity in Montreal, the Montreal Expos' dismal record eventually led to his dismissal by new owner Jeffrey Loria was replaced by Jeff Torborg. Prior to the 2003 season, Felipe Alou was named manager of the San Francisco Giants, the team where he began his professional baseball career, replacing Dusty Baker who left to coach the Chicago Cubs. In his first season with the Giants, he coached them to the playoffs, where they were defeated by the Florida Marlins, who went on to win the World Series.