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Former Red Sox pitcher and Celtics forward Gene Conley dies at 86

Gene Conley played a total of four seasons with the Celtics.
Gene Conley played a total of four seasons with the Celtics.Globe file photo

Gene Conley, who won three NBA championships with the Celtics and pitched three seasons for the Red Sox, died Tuesday at age 86.

Conley, a righthanded pitcher 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.

In all, Conley 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 Philadelphia Phillies (1959-60) before joining the Red Sox.

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Conley went 29-32 with Boston from 1961-63.

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).

Conley won 29 games over three seasons with the Red Sox (1961-63).
Conley won 29 games over three seasons with the Red Sox (1961-63).globe file photo