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Former Northeastern baseball coach Connelly dies

August 19, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Former three-sport Northeastern standout John “Tinker” Connelly, who later coached the Huskies baseball team to its only College World Series appearance, has died. He was 85.

The university said in a release that Connelly died at his Needham home on Saturday after a long illness.

The Newton resident played football, hockey and baseball at Northeastern, earning all-New England honors in all three. A quarterback, he led the football team to an undefeated season in 1951.

After graduating in 1953, he immediately joined Northeastern’s athletic staff as backfield coach in football, and freshman hockey and baseball coach.

He was named head baseball coach in 1956 and led the Huskies to four NCAA tournaments and the 1966 College World Series before retiring in 1981 with a 288-280-5 record.

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