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Felipe Alou - A Giant At Heart

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Alou was dismissed as Expos manager in 2001. After spending a season as a bench coach for the Detroit Tigers, he was hired in September, 2002 to manage the San Francisco Giants starting in 2003. With this appointment, his career came full circle; he had started his major league career as a player for the Giants in 1958. "I'm going back home to where I started and, hopefully, I'm going to end it right there," he told Janie McCauley of the UAS Today. At 67 years old, he also became the oldest major league manager. Giants general manager Brian Sabean told McCauley at the time of Alou's hiring, "We're obviously thrilled we're able to welcome Felipe back. Everyone in baseball realizes what he's done in the game. It's thrilling because he's a Giant at heart. He calls himself a baseball soldier in conversation. He's more like baseball royalty to us."

Career Statistics

Yr Team AVG GP AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB
ATL: Atlanta Braves; MILB: Milwaukee Braves; MILW: Milwaukee Brewers; NY: New York Yankees; OAK: Oakland Athletics; SF: San Francisco Giants.
1958 SF .253 75 182 21 46 4 16 19 34 4
1959 SF .275 95 247 38 68 10 33 17 38 5
1960 SF .264 106 322 48 85 8 44 16 42 10
1961 SF .289 132 415 59 120 18 52 26 41 11
1962 SF .316 154 561 96 177 15 98 33 66 10
1963 SF .281 157 565 75 159 20 82 27 87 11
1964 MILB .253 121 415 60 105 9 51 30 41 5
1965 ATL .297 143 555 80 165 23 78 31 63 8
1966 ATL .327 154 666 122 218 31 74 24 51 5
1967 ATL .274 140 574 76 157 15 43 32 50 6
1968 ATL .317 160 662 72 210 11 57 48 56 12
1969 ATL .282 123 476 54 134 5 32 23 23 4
1970 OAK .271 154 575 70 156 8 55 32 31 10
1971 OAK .250 2 8 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
1971 NY .289 131 461 52 133 8 69 32 24 5
1972 NY .278 120 324 33 90 6 37 22 27 1
1973 NY .236 93 280 25 66 4 27 9 25 0
1973 NY .208 19 48 4 10 1 4 2 4 0
1974 MILW .000 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
TOTAL .286 2082 7339 985 2101 206 852 423 706 107

Baseball continues to run in Alou's family; son Moises signed with the Astros as a player, and Jose started his work life as a minor league player for the Expos before trading his baseball uniform for that of a police officer. Alou's sons Felipe and Luis were working their way up to the major leagues as players as the 20th century drew to a close, and his nephew, Mel Rojas, became a pitcher for the New York Mets. Alou's daughter, Christia, also works in baseball, although in a very different capacity; she is a lawyer working for the law firm that represents the Major League Baseball Players Association. Said Christia of her father to Jeff Blair of the Toronto Globe and Mail in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he is "a man who has lived his life through baseball." She said of her job that it was her way of keeping the family business of baseball going.

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