Glancing Back, and Remembering Gene Alley
For more than a decade, Gene Alley provided the ideal complement to Bill Mazeroski, the best second baseman in the National League during the 1960s (and maybe … ever).
Gene Alley played for 11 seasons, all with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He won the Gold Glove in both 1966 and 1967.
Alley was an outstanding shortstop, with excellent range and an accurate throwing arm. Teamed at the keystone with Mazeroski, Alley provided the left half of the league’s most dynamic double play duo.
Alley’s entire major league career came with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was signed by Pittsburgh in 1959 and made his debut with the club in 1963, hitting .216 in 17 games. He was called up midway through the 1964 season, hitting .211, and was the Pirates’ starting shortstop for the next eight seasons.
While it was his glove that earned him his playing time, Alley in his prime could also contribute from the batter’s box. He hit .299 in 1966 with 28 doubles and 43 RBIs, and in 1967 he hit .287 with 25 doubles and 55 RBIs. During his 11 seasons in Pittsburgh, Alley hit for a combined .254.
Gene Alley’s best season came in 1966, when he batted .299. In 1967, his first All-Star season, Alley batted .287 with a career-high 55 RBIs.
Alley won the Gold Glove for shortstops in both 1966 and 1967. He was a member of the National League All-Star team in 1967 and 1968.
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