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Caribbean Commonalities and Traditions


One way baseball is transferred in the Caribbean is through the family. The Dominican Republic's Alou family has produced six players who have combined for more than 7,000 major league hits, and the Alomars of Puerto Rico have made 19 All-Star teams.

Moisés Alou, who played for his father Felipe in Montreal, wore this cap in the 1994 All-Star Game, when he drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

¿Rojas o Alou?
Baseball fans should know them as the famous Rojas brothers, the majors' first all-Latin outfield. The family name of (from left) Mateo "Matty," Jesús and Felipe Alou is actually Rojas. They became known by Alou when U.S. baseball officials misunderstood Felipe's birth certificate, registering him by his mother's maiden name rather than his father's name.


The Alomar family of Puerto Rico, Roberto, Sandy Sr., and Sandy Jr., have quite a baseball resumé: 19 All-Star Game selections, a Rookie of the Year Award, and 12 Gold Gloves.

Leading the American League to victory in the 1997 and 1998 All-Star Games, Sandy and Roberto Alomar became the first brothers to earn All-Star Game MVP honors, bringing credit to both their family and their native Puerto Rico.

Bats used by Indians catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. in the 1997 All-Star Game and Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar in the 1998 All-Star Game

Roberto Alomar wore this Tampa Bay Devil Rays jersey and cap during Spring Training in 2005. Before that season began, Alomar retired from baseball.