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Former Giants, A's Player Matty Alou Dies In Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CBS/AP) - Matty Alou, once part of an all-Alou outfield for the San Francisco Giants with brothers Felipe and Jesus, has died in his native Dominican Republic. He was 72.

His former Dominican team, Leones del Escogido, said Alou died Thursday of complications related to diabetes. The Giants also confirmed his death and said Alou had been sick for several years with a variety of health issues.

The 1966 National League batting champion with Pittsburgh, Alou was a career .307 hitter with 31 home runs, 427 RBIs, 1,777 hits and 236 doubles in 15 major league seasons. He spent his first six seasons with San Francisco and also played for St. Louis, Oakland, the New York Yankees and San Diego.

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