Sadness has struck the NBA/MLB world as a three-time NBA champion and World Series champ has reportedly passed away.
Wednesday morning, the Boston Celtics confirmed that former forward/center Gene Conley has died at the age of 86 after enjoying one of the more decorated careers of any professional athlete.
Conley was one of the only players in history to win championships in two major professional sport (won a championship while pitching with Milwaukee). The Boston Red Sox, for whom Conley played for from 1961-63, say he died Tuesday at his home in Foxborough, Mass.
Conley helped pitch the Milwaukee Braves to a World Series championship in 1957 and won three NBA titles with the Celtics. Otto Graham won championships in the NFL and the NBL, a precursor to the NBA. He was a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in the 1940s and ’50s who won a basketball championship with the Rochester Royals in 1946.
We are very saddened to hear of the passing of a member of the Celtics family, Gene Conley. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. pic.twitter.com/b2sQ5Bt4d4
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 5, 2017
When you take into consideration that Conley not only guarded all-time greats like Wilt Chamberlain during his time in the NBA but also pitched against legends like Willie Mays as an MLB star, he will go down as one of the more storied athletes of his generation.