Felipe Alou played on the sandlots of the Dominican Republic and in the low minors at Cocoa, Fla., Lake Charles, La., and Springfield, Mass. His distinguished big-league playing career included four seasons with the Giants when Candlestick was their home field and seven as a visiting player.

He has never been known for hyperbole, so consider his perspective on Candlestick Park, as quoted in Brian Murphy's 2008 book, "San Francisco Giants: 50 Years":

"... the single most difficult park to play baseball I ever saw, anywhere, at any level."