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A Street Named For Matty Alou

July 3, 2020

I was in Inwood, New York yesterday and a nice day was made better, when I saw there is a street (Matty Alou Way, located at Isham and Seaman) at least partially named for the fine baseball player, Matty Alou.

He won the 1966 National League batting title, playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, with a .342 batting average and played on pennant winners with the western “Bay Area” teams, the (S.F.) Giants and (Oakland) A’s ten years apart in 1962 and 1972 respectively. 

Matty started all 12 (1972) A’s post-season tilts in right field, as they won the requisite 7 games and the title. The ’62 Giants were denied the title, losing to the Yankees incredible 20th crown in 40 seasons, in game 7 of that year’s World Series. 

 

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