FAREWELL TO GENE CONLEY, A PHILLIES PITCHER AND DREADED CELTIC!

By Jack Ryan

Gene Conley won three NBA championships with the Celtics and pitched two seasons for the Phillies.

He died Tuesday at age 86.

Conley, a righthander with a 91-96 career record, also played on a World Series champion with the 1957 Milwaukee Braves, making him the only man to win titles as a player in both Major League Baseball and the NBA.

He pitched 11 years in the majors, beginning with the Boston Braves in 1952. He stayed with the Braves through 1958, by which time they had moved to Milwaukee. He pitched two seasons with the Phillies (1959-60) before joining the Red Sox.

As a Celtic, Conley played 39 games at forward in the 1952-53 season before turning his attention to strictly baseball. He returned to the NBA in 1958, and won NBA titles with the Celtics the next three seasons.

He finished his NBA career by playing two seasons with the Knicks (1962-64).

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