As the smallest of three baseball-playing brothers, the Pirates' Matty Alou is somewhat accustomed to being ignored. For years, playing in the shadow of Felipe, and with Jesus coming along behind him, he was known as "that other Alou." Now he is becoming baseball's equivalent to politics' favorite son—the most popular man at home, but bypassed by the out-of-towners. Despite leading the National League in batting, Alou again is being overlooked in the All-Star voting in favor of more established National League outfielders. "What else can I do?" he wonders aloud. "I've been hitting good. I've been playing good defenses, have no errors." The players, who vote on their All-Star representatives, did have an excuse until recently. Alou was not even a full-time starter before Pittsburgh Manager Larry Shepard decided he could not keep a hitter of his skills on the bench. His average Sunday was .355 and the Pirates had risen from last place in mid-June to a tie for fifth, and it was ex-Pirate Skipper Harry Walker who transformed Alou from a .231 hitter at San Francisco into one of baseball's most consistent hitters. Shortly after Alou joined the Pirates in 1966, Walker told him, "Don't pull everything. Start hitting down on the ball and go to left field." Alou followed his advice to win the league batting crown with .342 in 1966 and finished third with .338 last year. He is still not the defensive player he thinks he is, which is why the Giants traded him, but the 5'9", 155-pounder has already driven home 22 runs, six below his alltime seasonal best. In the era of the nonhitter, the only big-league player with a .343 average over the last three seasons will miss his third straight All-Star Game.