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Two-sport star Conley to be honored at Miller Park

Two-sport star Conley to be honored at Miller Park


MILWAUKEE -- Former Major League pitcher and NBA forward Gene Conley's name will grace the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll when the Brewers finish their homestand with two games against the Rangers this week.

Conley will be inducted in a ceremony at Miller Park on Monday afternoon, joining a list of 11 other former Braves stars that includes Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews and Warren Spahn. The display is located on the field-level concourse along the third base line.

The 82-year-old Conley pitched parts of 11 Major League seasons including 1954-63 with the Braves. He finished third in the 1954 National League Rookie of the Year race after going 14-9 with a 2.96 ERA in 27 starts and one relief appearance for the Braves and was an NL All-Star in '54, '55 and '58. He pitched to a 3.16 ERA in 35 appearances, 18 starts for the '57 World Champion Braves.

Conley is the only player to win championships in two of the four major American sports. A 6-foot-8 forward, he also played in the NBA with the Celtics (1952-53, 1958-61) and Knicks (1962-64) and was a member of three of Boston's championship teams (1959, '60 and '61).

The Braves Honor Roll is maintained in conjunction with the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association, an organization that works to keep the memory alive of Milwaukee's first Major League franchise. One of its stars, shortstop Johnny Logan, will be inducted to the Walk of Fame outside Miller Park on June 6.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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