Here's the next card in my quest to complete a 1953 Topps baseball set, #215 Gene Conley:
As far as the card's subject, they don't come much more interesting than Gene Conley. Not only was he at times an exceptional pitcher at the Major League level (four time All-Star in an eleven year career), but at 6'8" he was one hell of a basketball player as well. Enough so that he carved out a career in the NBA with my hometown team, the Boston Celtics, alongside his baseball career! By the time this card was printed he'd already played many games with the Celt's in the '52-53 season. After a few years off dedicated to baseball, during which he won a World Series with Milwaukee in 1957, he'd return to basketball (while still playing baseball as well).
Playing power forward next to some center named Bill Russell, "Long Gene" Conley helped bring three NBA Championships to the city of Boston in the late '50s/early '60s. He's one of just two athletes to win championships in two of the four major North American sports, pretty impressive! Conley even came to play for the Red Sox for a few years before retiring from the game(s).
Set Progress: 68 of 274 (25%)
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