Former outfielder Matty Alou dies

Former big league outfielder Matty Alou died Thursday. He was 72 years old.

According to the Dominican Today newspaper, Alou died in Miami of an unspecified ailment.

Alou played from 1960 through 1974 with the Giants, Pirates, Cardinals, Athletics, Yankees and Padres. He hit .342 and won the NL batting title in 1966 during his first year with the Pirates, then led the league in hits with 231 in 1969 for Pittsburgh.

The Dominican native was the middle brother in a trio of major league players. In 1963 for the Giants, Matty, with older brother Felipe and younger brother Jesus, appeared together in the same outfield.

"The Giants were deeply saddened to learn about the passing of former Giants outfielder Matty Alou," the Giants said in a statement Thursday. "Although he played for six different teams, Matty remained a part of the Giants family as a long time employee and will be forever linked with his brothers -- Felipe and Jesus -- as the first all-brother major league outfield. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Alou Family during this difficult time."

In 1,667 career games, Matty Alou batted .307 with 1,777 hits. An All-Star in 1968 and '69, he appeared in the World Series with the Giants in 1962 and with the Athletics in 1972.