In 1966, the slight, soft-spoken Virginian teamed with second baseman Bill Mazeroski for an ML-record 215 double plays. A mediocre hitter, Alley was a good bunter, and an excellent hit-and-run man. He won Gold Gloves in 1966 and ’67. A 1967 shoulder injury reduced his effectiveness and along with knee problems caused him to consider early retirement several times. He persevered through 1973.