Baseball & Hoop Star Billy Connors

Billy Connors was a member of the 1953 Schenectady Little League World Series runner-up team and the 1954 World Championship Team.  He was a pitcher-third baseman for those teams and one of their key players.  Connors attended Linton High School and graduated in 1959.  He was a superb high school basketball and baseball player and was named the Schenectady County Player of the Year in both sports by the Schenectady Union Star.  He went on to play both sports at Syracuse University.  His Orangemen baseball team finished third in the College World Series in 1961.  Connors had five hits, and he belted homeruns in consecutive at-bats in one game.  He signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1961 and pitched for their major league team in 1966.  In 1967 and 1968, he pitched for the New York Mets.  Connors played for and coached  the Schaefer Brewers, The Schenectady-based pro basketball team in the late 1960s.  He has served as the Mets’ minor league pitching coach and was the major league pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals from 1980 to 1981, the Chicago Cubs from 1982 to 1986 and again from 1991 to 1993, the Seattle Mariners in 1987, and the New York Yankees the 1989-1990 and 1994-1995 seasons.  Connors was the pitching coach for two Yankee World Series teams, and he was the acting pitching coach when the Yankees won the World Series in 2000.  He has served as the Yankees’ Director of Player Personnel and also Vice-President of Player Personnel.

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