This Date In Baseball History: December 1, 1965. The Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Joe Gibbon and utility man Ozzie Virgil Sr. to the San Francisco Giants for light hitting center fielder Matty Alou. Alou- one of the three Alou brothers who played for the Giants at the same time[ along with Felipe and Jesus]- hit only .231 for the Giants in 1965. A big transformation would occur- the Pirates manager happened to be one of the greatest hitting instructors- Harry ‘The Hat’ Walker. The results were amazing- Matty Alou in 1966 would win the National League batting title- hitting .342. Who finished second? His brother Felipe. Matty Alou would finish in the top five four more times in hitting- 1967-1969 and in 1971. His career battling average .307.