Brewers Induct Gene Conley Into Braves Honor Roll at Miller Park

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association inducted Gene Conley into the Braves Honor Roll today at Miller Park.

Conley pitched for the Milwaukee Braves from 1954 – 1958 and his Major League career lasted from 1952 – 1963.  He was a member of the 1957 Braves World Series Championship team and a three-time MLB All-Star.  In five of his 11 MLB seasons, Conley recorded ten or more wins and finished his career with a 91-96 record and 3.82 ERA.  With the Milwaukee Braves, Conley was 42-43 with a 3.56 ERA.

Although Conley couldn’t travel to Milwaukee to today’s event, there were a number of former Braves in attendance today.  Felix Mantilla, Ray Crone and Frank Thomas were all in attendance in addition to members of the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association: Bud Lea and Bob Buege.

“Gene has been my friend for many, many years and he is a great man,” Mantilla said.  “He was a very gifted athlete as we all know but he was a great teammate.  He is deserving of this honor.”

Felix Mantilla speaks at today's event.

Felix Mantilla speaks at today’s event.

There are now 12 members of the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll, which also includes Warren Spahn (2004), Johnny Logan (2005), Andy Pafko (2006), Bobby Thomson (2008), Bob Uecker (2009), Felix Mantilla (2010), Eddie Mathews (2010), Joe Adcock (2011), Frank Torre (2011), Del Crandall (2012) and Hank Aaron (2012).

Conley has the distinction of being the only player to win championships in two of the four major American sports.  Conley also played with the Boston Celtics (1952-53, 1958-61) and New York Knicks (1962-64) of the NBA and was a member of three NBA World Championship teams (1959, 1960 and 1961) with the Celtics.  Conley’s wife, Kathryn, wrote a book on her husband’s life called “One of a Kind.”  The book chronicles his unique career, a career that might never be matched.

Here is the video that Conley sent for the presentation.  It features a great interview as well as some unique action footage of Conley pitching for the Braves:

It is great to have an organization that appreciates the history of Milwaukee baseball like the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association.  There were a lot of great stories tossed around at today’s event and I’m thankful to have been a part of it.  The partnership that the Brewers have with the historical group is great and ensures that the memories of that beloved team will never die.  I urge fans to check out the Braves Wall of Honor the next time you are at Miller Park.  It is located on the Field Level between Home Plate and Third Base on the Concourse.

Gene Conley's plaque on the Braves Honor Roll at Miller Park.

Gene Conley’s plaque on the Braves Honor Roll at Miller Park.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

3 Comments

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Absolutely Awesome, Congratulations!

GENE CONLEY — What a Great Honor for a tremondous athlete! Gene was a Senior at Richland Bombers high school when I was Freshman. He and a guard Orville Marcum would score 25 points each to win Bomber basketball games. In the spring baseball season, Gene several times would single handed win the game by hittting home
run(s) while pitching scoreless ball on a couple hits. He was very humble as a student and a star athlete. He was very good in basketball at Washington State College (baseball too?) iin the early 1950’s. Gene was aways a favorite of mine — and now he gets inducted on May 6, same day as MY SPECIAL 80th BIRTHDAY!!

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