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Felipe Alou

Felipe Alou

Felipe Alou played for the Atlanta Braves from 1964 to 1969. Born in Haina, Dominican Republic on May 12, 1935, he batted and threw right handed. He was both an outfielder and first baseman.

Felipe was considered an amazing team player. He was devoted to the game and to what it took to help the Braves in any way he could. He was a very powerful athlete. He could play almost anywhere and the Braves moved him around a lot. He also could hit from any where in the batting order, it didn’t matter to him. He hit for average and for power.

He made his major league debut in 1958 and was an All-Star in 1962, when he batted .316 with 25 home runs and 98 RBI. Felipe was joined by his brothers, Matty in 1960, and Jesús in 1963, who, on September 15 of that year became the first, and as of today only, all-brother outfield.

He was traded to the Milwaukee Braves before the 1964 season with Ed Bailey, Billy Hoeft and a player to be named later (Ernie Bowman) for Del Crandall, Bob Hendley and Bob Shaw. Two years later he enjoyed his best season, when he batted .327 with 31 home runs and led the league in runs (122), hits (218), at bats (666) and total bases (355); he finished second in the batting race to his brother Matty. He also had a good year in 1968, batting .317 and leading the league in hits (210) and at bats (662); he made the All-Star team both years.

After the 1969 season, the Braves traded him to the Athletics for Jim Nash. In April 1971, he was traded by the Athletics to the Yankees for Rob Gardner and Ron Klimkowski.

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