Famous major league baseball legend was just announced dead after heart failure. Prayers for the family.
He was one of only two players to win a championship in two major professional sports. Gene Conley, who was a part of The Boston Red Sox has died at age 86.
Conley pitched for the Red Sox from 1961 until 1963, and he was considered a legend. The team announced his death on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 with broken hearts.
This man didn’t just play for the Red Sox, although thats where he grew to fame. Conley pitched for the Milwaukee Braves and helped them win a World Series title in 1957 as well. He also won NBA titles playing for the Boston Celtics!
During his 11 seasons of Major League Baseball, Conley pitched for four different teams. He also was the award winning pitcher in the 1955 All-Star game. “Conley was 14-9 in his rookie season in 1954 with the Braves. He finished third in voting for rookie of the year. He had a career record of 91-96.”
He once interviewed with the New York Times saying that he believed he pitched his whole career with just two pitches.
“I could sling the ball good,” Conley told The New York Times in a 2012 interview. “I pitched nearly my whole career with just two pitches, and if you do that you usually don’t last too long.”
His career wasn’t all sports either. He and his wife, Katie, founded the Foxboro Paper Co. in Foxborough, Massachusetts. This man was of great integrity and kindness. He was one of a kind and he will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Kelly Conley and Diane Kathryn Quick; a son, Gene Raymond; a sister, Billye Lynn Drew; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Please keep the family in your prayers during this heartbreaking time.