Tagged: Gene Alley

ALL TIME ALL COMMONWEALTH TEAM-Shortstop

In this latest installment of this series, where we choose an all-time Team Virginia, we round out the starting infield with our Shortstop.

And the clear choice here is Pirates SS, and Richmond-native Gene Alley.

Alley played for the Pirates from 1963-1973, a career that was cut short due to injuries. In his time, he was never a great hitter, but made his mark with his glove. He won 2 Gold Gloves in his career (1966-1967) turning double plays with Pirates HOF great Bill Mazerowski, one of only 8 middle-infield duos to win Gold Gloves together in the same year. In 1966, Alley worked with his double play counterpart to turn 161 DPs, a record that still stands today. Alley was a 2-time all-star (1967-1968) and won a World Series with the Pirates in 1971.

Alley was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

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.