Born: March 24, 1942|
Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic
|September 10, 1963 for the San Francisco Giants|
Last MLB appearance
|September 29, 1979 for the Houston Astros|
|Runs batted in||377|
Jesús María Rojas Alou (born March 24, 1942 in Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. During a 15-year baseball career, he played for the San Francisco Giants (1963–68), Houston Astros (1969–73; 1978–79), Oakland Athletics (1973–74), and New York Mets (1975). He was the youngest of the trio of baseball-playing brothers that included Felipe and Matty.
Alou was considered a better prospect than either of his brothers and received a $4,000 signing bonus. He never hit below .324 in the minors. He made his debut at the end of
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In his first full year of Major League action in
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- List of Major League Baseball hitters with six hits in one game
- Players from Dominican Republic in MLB
- "Today in Baseball". Washington Post. September 15, 2008. pp. E7.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Venezuelan Professional Baseball League