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Clyde Lovellette of the St. Louis Hawks snags ball from going out of bounds as Gene Conley of the Boston Celtics holds arms out stretched in their National Basketball Assn. Game at Boston Garden January 13, 1960.

Conley would play four seasons with Boston in two stints, the middle being broken up with five seasons playing for the Milwaukee Braves baseball team, with whom he won an MLB national championship in 1957.

He would win three NBA championships with the Celtics in the second stint, between 1959 and 1961.

Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, Gene Conley on April 25, 1959.

Speaking of Conley, on this day, the 1961 NBA Expansion Draft was held to populate the roster of the newly-created Chicago Packers.

Conley was selected from Boston’s roster as an unprotected player, but never played for the Packers, instead electing to play baseball for the Boston Red Sox.

Apr 26 2012; Boston, MA USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo returns the ball against Milwaukee Bucks power forward Ekpe Udoh in the second quarter at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Apr 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas drives to the basket past Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and forward Jimmy Butler during the second half in game five of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.

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