All Time greatest from VA….#9

Next on the countdown of the all time greatest ballplayers to come from Virginia, we go to #9.

#10 1B George McQuinn (Arlington)

#9 SS Gene Alley (Richmond)

Alley played SS for the Pirates from 1963-1973, before sholder and knee problems ended his career. In that time, he batted .254 and fell one hit short of 1000 for his career. Never a great hitter, Alley was known more for his defense, having won Gold Gloves in 1966 and 1967. He was also an All-Star in 1967 and 1968 and helped the Pirates go to the NLCS 3 straight years, 1970-1972, winning a World Series in 1971.

Alley retired in 1973 and was elected to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

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