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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.”
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.