Gene Conley (1930-2017)

July 6, 2017

Gene Conley has passed away at age 86. He was just one of two athletes to have earned a championship in two major professional sports. He pitched for the World Series champion Milwaukee Braves in 1957 before going on to win three championships with the Boston Celtics (1959-1961). Conley played 18 professional seasons over 12 years, often playing in the NBA during MLB’s offseason. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Dizney; two daughters; a son; a sister; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, WNBA, and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Scott Rochelle is Acting President and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Johnny Newman, Vice Chairman Spencer Haywood, Treasurer Casey Shaw, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Dwight Davis, Mike Glenn, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves and Eldridge Recasner.