NBA and MLB champ Con­ley dies

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Gene Con­ley, one of the few play­ers in his­tory to win cham­pi­onships in two ma­jor pro­fes­sional sports, died on Tues­day. He was 86. Con­ley helped pitch the Mil­wau­kee Braves to a World Se­ries cham­pi­onship in 1957 and won three NBA ti­tles with the Bos­ton Celtics.

Otto Gra­ham won cham­pi­onships in the NFL and the NBL, a pre­cur­sor to the NBA.

Con­ley was a right-han­der and three-time All-Star who spent 11 years in base­ball with four teams.

He was se­lected by the Celtics in the 1952 draft and, af­ter spend­ing most of the next six years play­ing only base­ball, he re­turned to the NBA in 1958 and won three straight ti­tles.

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