Jess Alou who won two World Series and played in the majors for 15 years, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2023, according to ESPN’s Enrique Rojas. Sadly, Alou passed away before he could see March 24—his 81st birthday.
Rojas also mentioned that Alou had recently endured two “cardiovascular incidents,” but that he was not currently known to be coping with a “severe disease.” In 1,380 games, Alou slashed.280/.305/353 (86 OPS+) with 32 home homers and 31 steals.
In addition to Felipe and the late Matty, Jess was the youngest of the Alou brothers. Alou’s baseball career included stops with the Houston Astros, the Oakland Athletics and the New York Mets in addition to his stint with the San Francisco Giants.
As a member of the Athletics, he won the 1973 and 1974 World Series. While in Montreal, Alou played with the Expos for a short time. After being selected by them in the 1968 expansion draught, the Expos promptly traded him to the Astros for a package that included Rusty Staub of the Montreal Expos.
The Boston Red Sox, for whom Alou had most recently worked, issued the following statement in his honor:
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jesús Alou.
A 2x World Series champion, with over 60 years in baseball as a player, coach, scout, & ambassador, Jay was the patriarch of the Red Sox Dominican Academy & Lindos Sueños, bringing together communities within Red Sox Nation. pic.twitter.com/MbhNPELqdF
— Red Sox (@RedSox) March 10, 2023
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When Alou was with the Astros, pitcher/author Jim Bouton was also a member of the team. As SABR noted in Alou’s biography, Bouton wrote the following about Alou in his second book:
“I’m Glad You Didn’t Take It Personally: We called him J. or Jesus, never hay-soon. . . J. is one of the most delicate, sensitive, nicest men I have ever met. He’d walk a mile out of his way to drop a coin in some beggar’s cup.”
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