Mateo "Matty" Rojas Alou (December 22, 1938 – November 3, 2011) was a Dominican outfielder who spent fifteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the San Francisco Giants (1960–1965), Pittsburgh Pirates (1966–1970), St. Louis Cardinals (1971–1972, 1973), Oakland Athletics (1972), New York Yankees (1973) and San Diego Padres (1974). He also played in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) with the Taiheiyo Club Lions from 1974 through 1976.
He was the middle of a trio of baseball-playing brothers that included the older Felipe and younger Jesús. They were the first set of three siblings to play together in the same outfield (on September 15). and all bat in the same half-inning in the majors (September 10), accomplishing both with the Giants in 1963. Matty had been teammates with Felipe during the prior three campaigns, and was likewise with Jesús for the following two. Matty and Felipe later reunited with the Yankees in 1973.
Alou's best years as a player were spent with the Pirates, where he won the National League (NL) batting title in 1966 and was a two-time All-Star in 1968 and 1969. He was a member of a World Series Champion with the Athletics in 1972 and a NL pennant winner with the Giants in 1962.
Alou in 1971
|Born: December 22, 1938|
Haina, Dominican Republic
|Died: November 3, 2011 (aged 72)|
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|September 26, 1960, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 21, 1974, for the San Diego Padres|
|Runs batted in||427|
|Career highlights and awards|
Alou was born in Haina, Dominican Republic. He was a platoon player for the Giants for several years and was mostly unremarkable. His finest moment in San Francisco came in 1962 when his pinch-hit bunt single in the final game of a three-game tie-breaking playoff against the Los Angeles Dodgers began the rally that won the game and the pennant for the Giants. He batted .333 in the Giants' losing effort against the Yankees in that year's World Series. While he was primarily an outfielder, Alou also appeared in one game in 1965 as a pitcher, pitching two scoreless innings.
After Alou was traded to the Pirates before the 1966 season, he received instruction from expert hitting instructor Harry "the Hat" Walker that helped turn him into a formidable hitter. He won the batting title with a .342 average, with his brother Felipe finishing second, and finished in the top five in hitting four more times after that in 1967–1969, 1971. His best year was 1969, when he led the major leagues in at-bats (698), doubles (41), and hits (231). His 231 hits in 1969 remain the highest total by any National League player since Joe Medwick in 1937. After leaving the Major Leagues following the 1974 season, he played three seasons in Japan (Taiheiyo Club Lions) and managed in the Dominican Winter League.
On June 23, 2007, the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame inducted Matty Alou into their Hall of Fame during an on-field, pre-game ceremony at AT&T Park before a game between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees. He, along with San Francisco Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel were inducted in front of over 43,000 fans. Alou died in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic of diabetes complications, according to his former Dominican team, Leones del Escogido. The Giants also confirmed his death and said Alou had been sick for several years with a variety of health issues.
The 1966 Pittsburgh Pirates season involved the team's third-place finish in the National League at 92–70, three games behind the NL Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.1967 Pittsburgh Pirates season
The 1967 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 86th season in franchise history. The sixth-place Pirates finished at 81–81, 20½ games behind the National League and World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.1968 Pittsburgh Pirates season
The 1968 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 87th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 82nd in the National League. The Pirates finished sixth in the league standings with a record of 80–82.1969 Pittsburgh Pirates season
The 1969 Pittsburgh Pirates season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Pirates finishing in third place in the newly established National League East, twelve games behind the eventual World Series champion New York Mets. The Pirates were managed by Larry Shepard, and played their home games at Forbes Field, which was in its final full season of operation, before moving into their new facility in the middle of the following season.1970 Pittsburgh Pirates season
The 1970 Pittsburgh Pirates season resulted in the team winning their first National League East title with a record of 89–73, five games ahead of the Chicago Cubs. However, they lost the NLCS to the NL West Champion Cincinnati Reds, three games to none.
The Pirates were managed by Danny Murtaugh and played their home games at Forbes Field during the first part of the year, before moving into the brand new Three Rivers Stadium on July 16. Coinciding with their move, the Pirates became the first major league team to adopt pullover jerseys and sans-a-belt pants for their uniforms, a style copied by a majority of MLB for the next two decades and which the Pirates themselves would wear through the 1990 season.1971 St. Louis Cardinals season
The 1971 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 90th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 80th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 90–72 during the season and finished second in the National League East, seven games behind the eventual NL pennant and World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates.1972 St. Louis Cardinals season
The 1972 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 91st season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 81st season in the National League. The Cardinals went 75–81 during the season and finished fourth in the National League East, 21½ games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.1973 New York Yankees season
The 1973 New York Yankees season was the 71st season for the team in New York, and its 73rd season overall. The Yankees finished with a record of 80–82, finishing 17 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees were managed by Ralph Houk. The Yankees played at old Yankee Stadium, on the south side of 161st Street. This would be the last year in the "old" Yankee Stadium, which was targeted for major reconstruction in 1974–1975. During this period, the Yankees would share a home field with a National League team for the third time in their history, moving into Shea Stadium for two years.Alou
Alou may refer to:
Alou, Cameroon, town and commune in Cameroon
Alou family, a Dominican baseball family that played in Major League Baseball
Felipe Alou (born 1935), Dominican baseball player and manager, brother of Matty and Jesús
Matty Alou (1938–2011), Dominican outfielder, brother of Felipe and Jesús
Jesús Alou (born 1942), Dominican outfielder, brother of Felipe and Matty
Moisés Alou (born 1966), American outfielder, son of FelipeCheney Stadium
Cheney Stadium is a Minor League Baseball stadium located in Tacoma, Washington. It currently serves as home of the Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League, as well as Tacoma Defiance of the USL Championship and Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League. The stadium opened in 1960 and has a capacity of 6,500. It is next to Henry Foss High School, and the stadium has an agreement with the school to use the school parking lot for parking.Green Weenie
The Green Weenie was a sports gimmick co-created by Bob Prince (1916–1985), the legendary broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball team, and Pirate trainer Danny Whelan. It was most popular during the 1966 baseball season in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The "Green Weenie" was manufactured by Tri-State Plastics, a Pittsburgh plastic thermoforming company between 1967-1974 and during the 1989 season.
The Green Weenie was a green plastic rattle in the shape of a hot dog, which when waved at opposing players, purportedly put a jinx on them. Conversely, when waved at Pirate players it allegedly bestowed good luck.
The superstition began during a 1966 game against the Houston Astros, when Danny Whelan shouted from the dugout at Astros' pitcher Dave Giusti, "You're gonna walk him!" while waving a green rubber hot dog in the direction of the pitcher's mound. Giusti did walk the batter, and the Astros lost the game. During the next game's broadcast, Prince quizzed Whelan about the frankfurter incident, and the gimmick was born. Within weeks, Green Weenies were being sold to fans at Forbes Field.
Though the gimmick didn't conjure up a pennant for the Pirates in 1966, the writer Dave Cole has noted that Roberto Clemente did win that year's National League MVP Award, Matty Alou won the National League batting title, Bill Mazeroski led the league in double plays, and Willie Stargell had his personal best year in batting.
According to the August 12, 1966 issue of Time Magazine, however, the hex of the Green Weenie sometimes seemed to work: "When the Pirates played the Giants two weeks ago, Prince pointed a Weenie at Juan Marichal. Marichal won the game, 2-1, but next day he caught the third finger of his pitching hand in a car door and missed two scheduled turns on the mound. In Pittsburgh, the Pirates were trailing the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 in the seventh inning when Prince's fellow announcer Don Hoak begged Bob to use the Weenie. 'Not yet,' said Prince. In the eighth inning, with Pittsburgh still behind by two runs, Prince finally waved the Weenie. The Pirates scored four runs and won the game 5-3. 'Remember,' said Prince to Hoak. 'Never waste the power of the Green Weenie.'"
The Green Weenie was revived several times during subsequent seasons, but failed to stay popular with fans.
In 1974, Prince invented another talisman, encouraging female fans to spark a Pirates rally by waving their babushkas (folded kerchiefs used as head coverings, especially by East European women, a large immigrant minority in Pittsburgh). "Babushka Power," as it was called, most likely inspired the Terrible Towel, another sports gimmick created a year later by sportscaster Myron Cope for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the city's football team. The Terrible Towel has remained popular with Steeler fans for over thirty years.Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum
The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame was founded in the Mission District in San Francisco, California on October 24, 1998, and Incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit organization on June 23, 1999 in Sacramento, California by Gabriel "Tito" Avila, Jr. a former Semi-pro, Sandlot, High School, College player and a Vietnam Era Veteran from New York City and San Francisco resident who wanted to honor the greatest Hispanic Baseball position players of all time. The HHBMHOF is International and dedicated to recognizing the contributions made to baseball by Hispanic players. Since its inception, the HHBMHOF has inducted (67) players, coaches, broadcasters, Negro Leagues Hispanic players, MLB Scorers, and Pioneer Executives. Founding members include Orlando Cepeda, Orlando Mercado and Tito 23 Fuentes.
The HHBMHOF also honors its (16) Pioneers beginning with Esteban Bellan of the Troy Haymakers a team for which he played for in (1869) of the (American Association 1860-1872) (National Amateur Association 1860-1870) based in Lasingburgh, New York post Major League Baseball from Cuba, Luis Castro of the Philadelphia Athletics from Colombia in (1902). Armando Marsans and Rafael Almeida of the Cincinnati Reds in (1911) from Cuba. Alfredo Cabrera of the St. Louis Cardinals in (1913) from Spain, Mel Almada of the Boston Red Sox in (1933) from Mexico, Alejandro Carrasquel of the Washington Senators in (1939) from Venezuela, Hiram Bithorn of the Chicago Cubs in (1942) from Puerto Rico, Humberto Robinson of the Milwaukee Braves from Panama in (1955), Ossie Virgil of the New York Giants in (1956) from the Dominican Republic, Dennis Martinez of the Baltimore Orioles from Nicaragua in (1976), Gerald Young of the Houston Astros in (1987) from Honduras, and Eloy "Buck" Canel, American Spanish Broadcaster of Major League Baseball and Ford Frick Award Winner (NBHOF) for broadcasting internationally spreading baseball to the radios of Latin America for four decades beginning in the (1940's). He also broadcast for both the New York Mets and New York Yankees from Argentina. Jose Mendez and Esteban Torriente Negro Leagues, Alex Pompez Executive Pioneer. Pedro Sierra, Former Major League Pitcher with the Washington Senators and the Minnesota Twins. The last Hispanic player to have signed a contract with the Negro Leagues as a Baseball player.
In 2007 the HHBMHOF established its Pioneer Award to those players or baseball aficionados who have set the example as true pioneers of the sport. To date (18) Pioneers have received that honor. Felipe Alou, San Francisco Giants on June 23, 2002 at Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco, California, Matty Alou, on June 23, 2002 at Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco, California. Jesus Alou, Houston Astros, on September 23, 2008, Houston, Texas. Juan Berenguer, Minnesota Twins on June 23, 2013 at Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan. Orlando Cepeda, San Francisco Giants on June 23, 2002, San Francisco, California. Dave Garcia, San Diego Padres, Ossie Guillen, Chicago White Sox on June 2, 2006 at US Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois. Rudy Jaramillo, Texas Rangers on September 20, 2008 at Rangers Ball Park at Arlington, Texas. Juan Marichal, San Francisco Giants on June 23, 2002, San Francisco, California. Minnie Minoso, Chicago White Sox on at US Cellular Field, Chicago Iiinois. Chicago White Sox, Jose Pagan, San Francisco Giants on June 23, 2002, San Francisco, California. Luis Polonia, New York Yankees, Newark, New Jersey. Ivan 'Pudge" Rodriguez, Texas Rangers, on August 2, 2012 at Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan. Arturo Santo Domingo, Major League Baseball, Diego Segui, Oakland Athletics on July 6, 2012 at the Bartle Hall Convention Center, Kansas City, Missouri. Pedro Sierra, Negro Leagues, Major League Baseball, Valmy Thomas, San Francisco Giants on June 23, 2002, San Francisco, California. Jose Uribe, San Francisco Giants on June 23, 2002, San Francisco, California.
Luis Aparicio was inducted into the HHBMHOF at the 73rd Annual All Star Game Fan Fest at the Moscone East Center, San Francisco, California. On December 27, 2007 Mr. Millito Navarro (101 years old) was inducted into the HHBMHOF at the Pancho Coimbre Museum in Ponce, Puerto Rico. This was the HHBMHOF first induction outside the Continental United States.
The first Award of Merit was awarded on July 10, 1998 to Juan Navarette, Mexican Baseball Hall of Famer at the McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, California. Award of Merit winners Rolando Arojo, Carlos Baerga, Frank Castillo, Coco Crisp, Juan Diaz, Nomar Garciaparra, Rich Garces, Pedro Matinez, Jose Offerman,
Manny Ramirez, Freddy Sanchez, Rey Sanchez, Ugueth Urbina. On May 26, 2000 the San Francisco Giants recognize the HHBMHOF. On June 12, 2000 HHBMHOF President Mr. Tito Avila was invited as a guest of Spanish Language Radio Station (Radio WADO 1280 am) at the old Yankee Stadium in the Bronx New York during a New York Yankees home game broadcast. On June 28, 2000 The Oakland Athletics recognized HHBMHOF. On July 16, 2000 the HHBMHOF participated in Aids walk at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California.
On September 10, 2000 the Oakland City Council presented a city proclamation to the HHBMHOF.
On April 23, 2001 Sammy Sosa donated his Chicago Cubs Home Jersey to the HHBMHOF at AT&T Park, San Francisco, California. On June 20, 2001 Juan Marichal donated his home jersey on Juan Marichal day to the HHBMHOF at AT&T Park, San Francisco, California. On August 15, 2001 the Orlando Cepeda Lifetime achievement award was presented at the Delancey street Restaurant at the Embarcadero to Tony Perez, Marlins Manager of the Florida Marlins. On the same evening at Pacific Bell Park Mr. Rafael Felo Ramirez, Florida Marlins American Spanish Language Broadcaster and Mr. Tony Perez were both inducted into the HHBMHOF. On July 7, 2001 Rod Carew Donated his Minnesota Twins Road Jersey to the HHBMHOF at AT&T Park, San Francisco, California. On August 31, 2001 Andres Galaraga donated his San Francisco Giants Black jersey to the HHBMHOF at AT&T Park, San Francisco, California. On September 21, 2001 the HHBMHOF conducts it first exhibition at the Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland,California.
The initial HHBMHOF inductees were inducted at a banquet on February 23, 2002, at the Grand Hyatt Union Square Hotel, San Francisco, California were Orlando Cepeda, Tito 23 Fuentes and Ted Williams.On April 13, 2002 HHBM HOF President Tito Avila throws out first pitch ever at a Minor League baseball game between the Sacramento Rivercats and the Nashville Sounds at Raley Field, Sacramento, California. On June 23, 2002. The San Francisco Giants held Latin Pioneer Day at AT&T Park,San Francisco. HHBMHOF Founder and President Tito Avila presented the Pioneer Awards to Felipe Alou, Matty Alou, Orlando Cepeda, Tito 23 Fuentes, Jose Pagan, Valmy Thomas and Jose Uribe. On July 23, 2002 Luis Tiant was inducted into the HHBMHOF at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts. On that evening the Award of Merit was present to the Boston Red Sox Hispanic players. On August 7 thru September 2, 2002 the HHBMHOF exhibited at the California Exposition (Cal Expo) in Sacramento, California the state capitol.
On August 11, 2002 Minnie Minoso was inducted into the HHBMHOF at Comisky Park, Chicago, Illinois. On September 13, 2002 Drayton McLane, Jr. Chairman and CEO of the Houston Astros assisted in the induction ceremony of Jose (Cheo) Cruz and Rene Cardenas American Spanish Language Broadcaster of the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas.
On August 8–10, 2003 HHBMHOF launched their first ever National exhibition tour at Qualcom Stadium, San Diego, California as part of the "Fiesta Los Compadres" annual celebration. On August 23, 2003 the HHBMHOF Inducted Jaime Jarrin, Manny Mota and Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California. On September 9, 2003 Edgar Martinez was inducted into the HHBMHOF at Safeco Field, Seattle Washington and on that evening Edgar Martinez hit a Home Run and donated his bat to the HHBMHOF. On April 30, 2004 Tony Taylor of the Philadelphia Phillies was inducted into the HHBMHOF at the Delancey Street Restaurant, San Francisco, California. On May 22, 2004 Alfredo Griffin and Orlando Mercado of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were inducted into the HHBMHOF at Angels Park, Anaheim, California. On September 25, 2004 Amaury PI-Gonzalez, American Spanish Language Broadcaster (Bay Area) for the San Francisco Giants was inducted into the HHBMHOF at AT&T Park, San Francisco, California as an Oakland Athletics HHBMHOF Hall of Famer trailblazer in Major League Baseball and in the United States.
On May 21, 2005 The HHBMHOF was invited to participate at the Juan Marichal Statue unveiling at King Street, San Francisco, California. In 2005, the World Series-winning manager, then of the Chicago White Sox, Ozzie Guillén, was honored at US Cellular Field, Chicago with the HHBMHOF Pioneer Award for being the first Hispanic foreign-born to win the World Series that year, against the Houston Astros in (4) straight games. The Latino Legends Team was an All-time All-star baseball team selected in 2005 to honor the history of Latin American players in Major League Baseball. On August 5, 2005 Sandy Alomar, Sr., and Billy Berroa, American Spanish Language Broadcaster was inducted into the HHBMHOF at Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York. On that Evening Omar Minaya New York Mets, General Manager was presented the Executive of the Year award. On September 5, 2005 the HHBMHOF participates in its first Fiesta Gigantes Celebration at SBC Park San Francisco, California.
On August 30, 2006 Bert Campaneris was inducted into the HHBMHOF at the McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, California. On April 10, 2006 Al Lopez was inducted into the HHBMHOF at Tropicana Field, Tampa, Florida. On April 11, 2007 Tony Larussa, Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, was inducted into the HHBMHOF at AT&T Park, San Francisco, California. In April 2007, the HHBMHOF was given a Citation by the New York State Senate in Albany, New York. On Saturday, June 23, 2007, former Giant Omar Vizquel, former Giant Matty Alou, and former New York Yankee Héctor López were inducted into the HHBMHOF during the second game of the inter-league series at a home-plate ceremony at AT&T Park, San Francisco, California before a crowd of 43,000 fans. On that Evening the HHBMHOF attended a reunion dinner of the (1962) New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants at the Joe DiMaggio Restaurant located at North Beach, San Francisco, California. The HHBMHOF was invited to showcase the "Latino Legends" team and their memorabilia at the MLB 78th Annual 2007 All-Star Game Fan Fest on July 6, 2007 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. On July 9, 2007 Luis Aparicio of the Chicago White Sox was inducted into the HHBMHOF at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, California. HHBMHOF Recognition award New York State Citation, June 8, 2007 HHBMHOF Recognition by US. House of Representatives, June 8, 2007 Recognition by New York State Senate, June 8, 2007 Recognition Proclamation City of New York, June 8, 2007 Recognition by the New York City Council.
On July 11, 2008 the HHBMHOF exhibited at the MLB 79th Annual 2008 All-Star Game Fan Fest located at the Javits Center in New York City, the Museum Hall of Fame was again invited by Major League Baseball to showcase their memorabilia along with the Chevy "Latino Legends" team. On August 30, 2008 HHBMHOF and the Arizona Diamondbacks honor Orlando Cepeda with a recognition Day at Chase Field followed by an exhibition. On September 6, 2008 HHBMHOF was present as guests of the San Francisco Giants at the unveiling of the Orlando Cepeda San Francisco Giants Statue at AT&T Park San Francisco, California in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco. On August 28, 2008 the Arizona Diamondbacks honored Orlando Cepeda with a recognition award at Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona. On September 19, 2008 HHBMHOF presented the Pioneer award to Mr. Rudy Jaramillo batting coach of the Texas Rangers followed by an exhibition at the Ball Park at Arlington, Texas. On September 13, 2008 HHBMHOF inducts Alex Fernandez to its Hall of Fame at Dolphin Stadium, Miami, Florida. On September 23, 2008 HHBMHOF presented the Pioneer award to Jesus Alou, Houston Astros followed by an exhibition at Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas. The HHBMHOF partnered with Johnny Walker and Eventus Marketing Services to showcase exhibitions in Chicago,Phoenix, Miami, Arlington, and Houston during the last couple of months of the 2008 baseball season.
June 13, 2009 HHBMHOF presents the first Annual Jose Uribe Sportsmanship award to San Francisco Giants Catcher Benji Molina. On June 13, 2009 HHBMHOF presented the Pioneer award to Mr. Dave Garcia, San Diego Padres at Petco Park, San Diego, California. On July 7, 2009 the HHBM HOF exhibits at the MLB 80th Annual All Star Game Fan Fest located at the America's Convention Center, St. Louis, Missouri. On September 27, 2009 the HHBMHOF exhibited at the opening of the new Lou Gehrig Plaza at 161st Street and River Avenue, Bronx, New York. HHBMHOF Orlando Cepeda was present to help open the Lou Gehrig Plaza and the HHBMHOF Exhibition to the community. On January 21, 2010 the HHBMHOF is endorsed by the New York Yankees. On July 9, 2010 the HHBMHOF exhibits at the MLB 81st Annual All Star Game Fan Fest located at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.
On July 8, 2011, the HHBNHOF exhibited at the MLB 82nd Annual All-Star Game Fan Fest, located at the Civic Plaza in Phoenix, Arizona. During the Fan Fest, on July 9, 2011, the HHBMHOF inducted Luis Gonzalez as its 47th inductee presented by Mrs. Vera Clemente. The former Arizona Diamondbacks player is now a special assistant to the President of the Arizona Diamondbacks. On July 28, 2011, the HHBMHOF had an exhibition at the New Yankee Stadium honoring the six living Hispanic Hall of Famers: Roberto Alomar, Luis Aparico, Rod Carew, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, and Tony Pérez at the New York Yankees Museum from July 27, 2011, to the entire 2013 season. On July 6, 2012 the HHBMHOF exhibited at the MLB 83rd Annual All Star Game Fan Fest at the Bartle Hall Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. At the Fanfest, Joe Azcue was inducted into the HHBMHOF as its 55th inductee by Mrs. Vera Clemente. Diego Seguí HHBMHOF was presented with the Pioneer Award by Mrs. Vera Clemente. On August 21, 2011, the Museum Hall of Fame inducted former Texas Rangers star player Rubén Sierra at the Ball Park in Arlington, Texas, as its 48th inductee. Currently, the HHBMHOF provides traveling exhibits to both National Major League baseball parks and Minor League baseball parks as well as a way to honor Hispanic players, coaches, managers, pioneer executives, and umpires.
The HHBMHOF since 2009, has had the honor and privilege to present the Jose Uribe Sportsmanship Award to a San Francisco Giants Hispanic player who best exemplifies the character and sportsmanship of the late Jose Uribe, a former San Francisco Giants shortstop from the Dominican Republic who was a member of the 1989 National League Champion San Francisco Giants who went on to play the Oakland Athletics during the earthquake-stricken 1989 World Series. The award is presented in September at the annual Fiesta Gigantes at AT&T Park, San Francisco, California at the beginning of that evening's game. The first recipient of the award was former Giants catcher Benji Molina in 2009. In 2010, the award was presented to Third Baseman, Pablo Sandoval. In 2011 the award was presented to Center Fielder Andres Torres. In 2012 the award was presented to Relief Pitcher Javier López. In 2013 the award was presented to Center Fielder, Angel Pagan. In 2014 the award was presented to Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval.
In 2014 the award was presented to Third Baseman, Pablo Sandoval. In 2015 the award was presented to Gregor Blanco. In 2016 the award was presented to Pitcher, Johnny Cueto. On July 12, 2013 the HHBMHOF exhibited at the MLB 84th Annual All Star Game Fan Fest at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, N.Y. At the Fan Fest Edgardo Alfonso was inducted into the HHBMHOF by Mrs. Vera Clemente. On July 11, 2014 the HHBMHOF exhibited at the MLB 85th Annual All Star Game Fan Fest at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the Fan Fest Tony Oliva was inducted into the HHBMHOF by Mrs. Vera Clemente and Rod Carew. On July 10, 2015 the HHBMHOF exhibited at the 86th Annual All Star Game Fan Fest Cincinnati Convention Center, Cincinnati Ohio.
On May 14, 2016 Pedro Guerrero, of the Los Angeles Dodgers was inducted at the old Yankee Stadium site now known as Legends Field, Bronx, New York. June 27, 2016 Eduardo Ortega, American Spanish Language Broadcaster for the San Diego Padres was inducted into the HHBMHOF at the New Americans Museum, San Diego, California. On July 8, 2016 the HHBMHOF exhibited at the MLB 87th Annual All Star Game Fan Fest at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California. At All Star Game Fan Fest Lisa Fernandez with presented the HHBMHOF award of recognition as the first Pioneer Hispanic Women Olympian Champion by Mrs. Vera Clemente and HHBMHOF Tony Oliva. On October 1, 2016 Leo Cardenas of the Cincinnati Reds was inducted at the Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio. On July 7, 2017 the HHBMHOF will be exhibiting at the 88th Annual MLB ALL Star Game Fan Fest at the Miami Convention Center, Miami, Florida. At the All Star Game Fan Fest Bernie Williams was inducted into the HHBMHOF as its 65th inductee. The HHBMHOF will be announcing the names of the 2017 HHBMHOF inductees in September 2017 by the HHBMHOF Inductions committee. The HHBMHOF will be participating in the 13th Annual KNBR Fiesta Gigantes at the Lefty O'Doul Plaza, San Francisco, California on September 16, 2017. On July 6, 2018 the HHBMHOF will be exhibiting at the 89th Annual MLB All Star Fan Fest at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. At the convention Center on July 7,2018 Mr. Jackie Robinson was Inducted in Memoriam into The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame at the Major League Baseball Annual All Star Game Fan Fest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center MLB Clubhouse. On August 3, 2017 Luis Cancel becomes CEO of the HHBMHOF.
Gabriel Tito Avila, Jr. On December 4, 2018 resumes being the President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame.
The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame will be exhibiting at the 90th Annual MLB All Star Game Fan Fest on July 5, 2019 at the
Huntington Convention Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame (66) Inductees 1999-2019Jack Sanford
John Stanley Sanford (May 18, 1929 – March 7, 2000) was an American right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball, and later in his career a relief pitcher as well, for the Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, and California Angels. He finished his career playing very briefly with the Kansas City Athletics.
Sanford was born in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. He won the National League's Rookie of the Year award in 1957 with the Phillies for a season with outstanding numbers. That year, he was 19-8 with a 3.08 ERA in 33 starts. He had 15 complete games on the season, including three shutouts. Impressively, he also finished the season with 188 strikeouts, which led the league.
His next seven years would be extremely solid, but never quite as impressive as his rookie season; or according to some, he never improved much after it. After being traded to the Giants for the 1959 season, Sanford went 15-12 with a 3.16 ERA in 2221⁄3 innings pitched and completed 10 games. That year, he started 31 games and made 36 appearances, 5 out of the bullpen.
Sanford's best bid for a Cy Young Award came in 1962 when he finished 24-7 with a 3.43 ERA for a very good Giants team. He won 16 consecutive decisions from mid-June to mid-September and was named Player of the Month in August for his second straight 6-0 month (he also posted a 3.55 ERA, and 31 SO). Sanford led the Giants to the NL pennant and a chance to face the New York Yankees in the World Series. It was the only time he would get to play in the postseason, but the Giants lost to the Yankees after Sanford lost Game 7, 1-0 to Ralph Terry. (The Giants lost the Series by inches: Yankee second baseman Bobby Richardson caught Willie McCovey's line drive with Willie Mays on second and Matty Alou on third; a foot or two to either side and both runners would have scored and the Giants would have won the Series.) But his statistics in the Series were outstanding. He had a 1.93 ERA with 231⁄3 innings pitched and allowed only 16 hits. He had 19 strikeouts and only a 1-2 record due to lack of run support. He would also fall short of a Cy Young Award that year, coming in second in the voting to Don Drysdale.
After he left the Giants, his best seasons were behind him. He ended his career on August 6, 1967 with Kansas City. In his career, he posted a solid 137-101 record with a 3.69 overall ERA in 20491⁄3 innings pitched. He pitched in 388 games (293 starts), accumulated 1182 strikeouts and gave up only 840 earned runs. He also finished in the Top 10 in MVP Award voting twice in his career (1957, 1962). He finished 2nd in the league in wins twice, losing in 1957 to only Warren Spahn and in 1962 to Cy Young Award winner Don Drysdale.
Sanford died of a brain tumor at age 70 in Beckley, West Virginia.Jesús Alou
Jesús María Rojas Alou (born March 24, 1942) is a Dominican former professional baseball outfielder. During a 15-year Major League Baseball (MLB) 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 made his debut at the end of 1963, and his first game, on September 10, was notable in that all three Alou brothers batted in the same inning (they were retired in order). Five days later, for the first time, the three played in the outfield for the Giants at the same time.In his first full year of Major League action in 1964, Alou failed to live up to expectations, hitting only .274 with little power, but on July 10, he went 6–6 with five singles and a home run. Alou was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 1968 MLB expansion draft and then was dealt to Houston. He had his most active season there, hitting .306 in 487 at-bats, but with few walks and little power. He was traded to the Athletics midway through the 1973 season, and served as a bench player on two World Series championship teams. Alou was released by the A's before the 1975 season, failed to catch on with the Mets and Córdoba of the Mexican League in short stints, and did not return to the majors until Houston signed him in 1978. He responded by hitting .324 in part-time action and became a player-coach the following year before retiring. Alou later served as a scout for the Expos, then moved to the Florida Marlins as the club's director of Dominican operations. He has held the same post with the Boston Red Sox since the 2002 season.
Jesús Alou was awarded the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame Pioneer Award at a pre-game ceremony at Minute Maid Park, on September 23, 2008.José Sosa (baseball)
José Ynocencio Sosa (December 28, 1952 – June 8, 2013) was a Dominican Republic relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1975 through 1976 for the Houston Astros. Listed at 5' 11", 158 lb., he batted and threw right handed.Born in Santo Domingo, Sosa came from a baseball family that included his cousins Felipe Alou, Matty Alou, Jesús Alou and Moisés Alou, being also related to Mel Rojas.Sosa was signed by the Astros as an amateur free agent in 1970 and started his career in their minor league system, playing for them at three different levels before joining the big club late in the 1975 midseason.During a game against the San Diego Padres on July 30, 1975, Sosa secured his place in the record books when he belted a three-run home run off Danny Frisella at the Astrodome, to become both the first Dominican pitcher and the first Astros player ever to hit a home run in his first major league plate appearance. He also earned the save as the Astros came out with an 8–4 victory.Sosa spent most of 1976 at Triple A and rejoined the Astros for a few games during three recalls. He then returned to the minors from 1977 to 1978 and never appeared in a major league game again.In a two-season career, Sosa posted a 1-3 record with one save and a 4.60 earned run average in 34 games (two starts), allowing nine runs on 67 hits and six walks, while striking out 36 over 58⅔ innings of work. He went 41-53 with a 4.25 ERA in 202 minor league games.Sosa also pitched for the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League from 1977 to 1978. He finished with a 9-13 record and a 2.96 ERA in 111 games. Following his playing retirement, he served as their bullpen coach for several seasons.Mel Rojas
Melquíades Rojas Medrano (born December 10, 1966) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) relief pitcher. From 1990 to 1999, he played for the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League and the Detroit Tigers of the American League.
His best season was in 1992, when he posted a 7-1 record in 68 relief appearances. Rojas had an amazing 1.43 ERA in 100.2 innings, and a WHIP of 1.043. He primarily was the set up man for closer John Wetteland (37 saves in 1992), but Rojas was able to accumulate 10 saves that season.
On May 11, 1994, Rojas struck out three batters on nine pitches in the ninth inning of a 4-3 win over the New York Mets. Rojas became the 19th National League pitcher and the 28th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the Immaculate Inning.
Mel Rojas joined Sinon Bulls of Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan in 2004, played 11 games, posted 3 saves with 1.20 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 15 innings, but then was released by the team after the season ended.
Mel Rojas is the nephew of Felipe, Jesús, and Matty Alou and the cousin of Moisés Alou.
Mel Rojas' son, Mel Rojas Jr. was selected 84th overall in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is currently playing for the KT Wiz of the KBO League.Springfield Giants
From 1957 through 1965, the Springfield Giants were the Single-A and Double-A baseball team affiliate of the New York/San Francisco Giants in the Eastern League. The team played at Pynchon Park in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Springfield Giants won three consecutive championships in 1959, 1960 (co-champs) and 1961 under manager Andy Gilbert, all leading the way to San Francisco's National League pennant in 1962.
Some Springfield Giants players with Major League experience include:
Jim Ray Hart
Rick JosephSt. Louis Cardinals all-time roster (A)
The St. Louis Cardinals are a Major League Baseball team based in St. Louis, Missouri. They are a member of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's National League. The team has played under three names since beginning play in 1882: the current moniker, the Perfectos, as well as the Browns. Since the franchise's inception, 1,990 players have made an appearance in a competitive game for the team, weather as an offensive player (batting and baserunning) or a defensive player (fielding, pitching, or both).
Of those 1,990, 53 have had the surnames beginning with the letter A. Two of those players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame: pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, who played for the Cardinals from 1926 to 1929 and first basemen Walter Alston who played for the team in 1926, but what inducted as a manager in 1983. However, Alexander's primary team was the Philadelphia Phillies, and Alston's primary team was the Los Angeles Dodgers.Among the 32 batters in this list, leftfielder Henry Adkinson has the highest batting average: a .400 mark, with two hits in five plate appearances. Other players with an average over .300 include Benny Ayala (.333 in one season) and Matty Alou (.314 in three seasons). Dick Allen's 34 home runs lead Cardinals players whose name begins with A, as do Luis Alicea's 173 runs batted in. Of the list's 22 pitchers, Ted Abernathy has the best win–loss record, in terms of winning percentage; his one win and zero losses notched his a 1.000 win ratio in his one season for the team. Joaquín Andújar has the most wins (68), losses (53), and strikeouts (540). Alexander has the lowest earned run average (3.08) among qualifying pitchers.Woody Jensen
Forrest Docenus "Woody" Jensen (August 11, 1907 – October 5, 2001) was a professional baseball player who played professional baseball from 1931 to 1939 as an outfielder. His record of 696 at bats in 1936 was not broken until Matty Alou broke it in 1969. Jensen played all of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jensen's career batting average was .285.