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Continued: Reusse: Thanks to Colabello, ex-Twins Brant Alyea no longer forgotten

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 4, 2014 - 7:18 AM

Alyea played one more season in Minnesota, then split time in St. Louis and Oakland in 1972, where he suffered a serious groin injury. He was out of pro ball after the 1973 season.

He had a job running the craps tables at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City for 11 years, then a career with Volvo’s U.S. operation.

In December 1985, he saw a clipping that listed the sons of major leaguers in pro ball — and a Brant Alyea was listed as playing for Medicine Hat, Alberta, a Blue Jays farm club.

That’s when Alyea discovered the son he had fathered while playing winter baseball in Nicaragua was a ballplayer. Alyea had last seen the boy as a 15-month-old in Managua in 1968.

The Alyeas developed a relationship. “Brant has a family in North Carolina and he’s doing great,’’ the senior Alyea said.

As for our Brant Alyea, he both relishes and laments that first season in Minnesota.

“I was one of those streak hitters, and I was on the best streak of my life,’’ he said. “I’ve always wondered what might have happened if Rigney had kept me in the middle of the lineup all year. I might have led the league in RBIs.’’

Patrick Reusse can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on AM-1500. • preusse@startribune.com

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