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Position: OF      Born: Mar 24, 1942      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

Following in the footsteps of his older brothers Felipe and Matty, Jesus joined them on the 1963 Giants. In his major league debut, on September 10, 1963, they would make major league history by becoming the first three brothers to bat in the same inning, let alone for the same team. On September 15, all three started in the same outfield.

Considered a wild hitter, and despite the assistance of Giants hitting coach (and future Astros manager) Harry Walker, in 1968 the Giants failed to protect him from the NL expansion draft, wherein he was selected by the Expos. They, in turn, dealt him and Donn Clendennon to Houston in the infamous Rusty Staub trade, in which Clendennon refused to report to Houston. This created a "major league" crisis in which Comissioner Bowie Kuhn had to intervene. Wanting to see the Expos succeed in Montreal, Kuhn ruled that Alou would go to Houston along with Expos picks Jack Billingham and Skip Guinn, plus cash, while Staub would go to Montreal and Clendennon would remain there.

Alou would be with the Astros from 1969-73 (hitting .306 in 1970), and returned for 1978-79 (hitting .324 in 1978). In between, he earned two World Series rings with the 1973 and 1974 Oakland A's.

Alou served as a player-coach for the Astros in 1979, after which he retired. He later scouted for the Expos in his native Dominican Republic.

He is the uncle of Astros superstar Moises Alou.