Alou by Felipe Alou
My Baseball Journey

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Felipe Alou is remembered now as a manager, but once upon a time he was one of the first Latin players to break into the majors. That last part provides most of the dramatics in the story, as it's still interesting to read. The rest of the tale is interesting enough though not too compelling. Fans of Latin American ball will like this a lot.
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Growing up in a tiny shack in the Dominican Republic, Felipe Alou never dreamed he would be the first man to go from his country to play and manage in Major League Baseball—and also the first to play in the World Series. Today, the Dominican Republic produces more Major League players than any country outside the United States.

In this extraordinary autobiography, Alou tells of his real dream: to become a doctor. An uncle was funding his university education when an improbable turn of events intervened at the 1955 Pan American Games. There as a track and field athlete, Alou was pressed into service on the baseball field to replace a player sent home for disciplinary reasons. A scout noticed Alou and offered him two hundred pesos to sign a pro contract. Knowing his father owed the grocer exactly two hundred pesos, Alou signed.

Battling racism in the United States and political turmoil in his home country, Alou persevered, paving the way for younger brothers Matty and Jesús and scores of other Dominicans, including his son Moisés. A fourth Alou brother, Juan, might have joined the historic trio if not for the improbable direction his own life took.
Alou played seventeen years in the Major Leagues, accumulating more than two thousand hits and two hundred home runs, and then managed another fourteen—four with the San Francisco Giants and ten with the Montreal Expos, where he became the winningest manager in franchise history. Alou became a special friend of Roberto Clemente, roomed with Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, and Joe Torre, and suffered the tragic death of his firstborn son.

Alou’s pioneering journey is embedded in the history of baseball, the Dominican Republic, and a remarkable family.


 
 

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Published April 1, 2018 by University of Nebraska Press. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, History.
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Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Feb 13 2018

Felipe Alou is remembered now as a manager, but once upon a time he was one of the first Latin players to break into the majors. That last part provides most of the dramatics in the story, as it's still interesting to read. The rest of the tale is interesting enough though not too compelling. Fans of Latin American ball will like this a lot.

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