|Posted by Radatz on July 6, 2017 at 1:30 AM|
You don't remember him but I do. His name was Gene Conley, and he passed away at 86. Who was this guy, you ask?
He was an amazing athlete. To me, he was the sub center for the Boston Celtics at their peak, winning 3 rings. He was no small part of it. Russell called him the meanest player he ever played against, and he played against him every day in practice. Johnny Most dubbed him Jumpin' Gene. In the 1959-60 season, with probably the best team Boston ever put on the floor, he averaged almost 20 minutes at nearly 7 points and over 8 rebounds per game. He along with Sam and KC Jones and others were instrumental in keeping Boston's stellar starters fresh all season.
Not bad. But he also pitched for the Red Sox at the end of his baseball career, 1961-63. Prior to that he had come into the league with the Boston Braves and gone with them to Milwaukee where he won a World Series in 1957. The 6-8 righty was an All Star 3 times in the National League.
RIP Gene Conley.