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PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Peter Carry
July 20, 1964
The Giants' Jesus Alou is a nice guy—at least, that's what most people think, since this youngest of three baseball-playing Alous is always smiling and friendly. But few know for sure, because Jesus' English vocabulary is limited to "yeah" and "no." His language problem does not bother Jesus half as much as his name, which is common in Latin countries but almost unheard of in English-speaking places like San Francisco. When Manager Alvin Dark decided that Jesus (pronounced Hay-soos) would move into the Giants' starting lineup this season, almost everybody in California tried to come up with a nickname. For once Jesus did not smile, not when writers called him "Choo-Choo," or when sportscasters called him "Jay." He just wanted to be plain old Jesus. San Franciscans finally decided to let him have his way. One recent Sunday a local minister who is also a rabid Giant fan quoted from the Gospel: "And Hay-soos looked upon his people...." Last week Jesus thanked San Francisco for calling him by his right name and also made sure that it will be seen in the record book. Friday afternoon, against the Cubs, Alou became the 34th player since 1900 to get six hits in six at bats in one nine-inning game. Helping the Giants win 10-3, Jesus hit a homer and five singles off six different Chicago pitchers, and only one of the singles was ever in doubt. That was a slow roller to the left side of the infield in the seventh inning, and he beat it out for a base hit.
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July 20, 1964

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The Giants' Jesus Alou is a nice guy—at least, that's what most people think, since this youngest of three baseball-playing Alous is always smiling and friendly. But few know for sure, because Jesus' English vocabulary is limited to "yeah" and "no." His language problem does not bother Jesus half as much as his name, which is common in Latin countries but almost unheard of in English-speaking places like San Francisco. When Manager Alvin Dark decided that Jesus (pronounced Hay-soos) would move into the Giants' starting lineup this season, almost everybody in California tried to come up with a nickname. For once Jesus did not smile, not when writers called him "Choo-Choo," or when sportscasters called him "Jay." He just wanted to be plain old Jesus. San Franciscans finally decided to let him have his way. One recent Sunday a local minister who is also a rabid Giant fan quoted from the Gospel: "And Hay-soos looked upon his people...." Last week Jesus thanked San Francisco for calling him by his right name and also made sure that it will be seen in the record book. Friday afternoon, against the Cubs, Alou became the 34th player since 1900 to get six hits in six at bats in one nine-inning game. Helping the Giants win 10-3, Jesus hit a homer and five singles off six different Chicago pitchers, and only one of the singles was ever in doubt. That was a slow roller to the left side of the infield in the seventh inning, and he beat it out for a base hit.

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