Friday, March 6, 2015 at 1:00 PM – The Fabulous Alous
Join Doc and host Danielle Orr for for their monthly feature on great athletes and sport from the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics. This feature is an outgrowth of Doc’s 14-part series on Latino athletes and sport in the El Sol Bilingue Newspaper in Ukiah, California.
Jesus, Matty and Felipe
This month, we’ll speak about the Alou brothers the Dominican Republic: Felipe, Matty and Jesus; all of whom played in the same outfield for the San Francisco Giants in a game more than a half a century ago – the first time on Sept. 15, 1963. Though they were never in the same starting line-up with the Giants, the Alous are the only three-brother combination to have ever played together in the same major league outfield for the same team. All three had distinguished baseball careers, and the son of Felipe, Moises became a 6-time all-star and one of the best players in the majors in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. It wasn’t easy, especially for the oldest, Felipe, who first played in the majors in 1958 and who had to battle racism and the language barrier as the first bonafide baseball star from the Dominican Republic. A man of great pride and honor, Felipe was often a spokesperson on behalf of other Dominicans and Latino athletes when he sensed injustices and unfair treatment. The Dominican Republic has produced more major league baseball players per capita than any other country in the world.
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