Lest we forget: Gene Conley

July 6, 2017

Image result for gene conleyThe only man to be a member of a World Series winner (Milwaukee Brewers, 1957) and NBA championship (Boston Celtics, 1958-61) died on Tuesday at the age of 86.

Gene Conley, a three-time All-Star, compiled a record of 91-96 in 11 big league seasons. he played for the Braves in 1952 when they were still in Boston and then from 1954-58. He also played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1959-60) and Boston Red Sox (1961-.63). In the NBA, the 6’8″power forward was on the Boston Celtics squad for the 1952-53 campaign then took the next five seasons off to concentrate on baseball. He returned to the Celtics during their championship run, took off again for the ’62-63 season, then played his final two years with the NY Knicks from 1962-64.

His wife, Kathryn, published One of a Kind: The Gene Conley Story in 2007. As of this writing it ranks 4,453,458 on Amazon, but I imagine that will improve for the immediate future.

 

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