Home run for local New York Yankee

By Megan Carpenter

November 6, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM EST

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Steve Kraly played with the New York Yankees during the World Series in 1953, and 60 years later was honored in his hometown, Johnson City.

Wednesday marked the 60th anniversary of the Yankees' 1953 World Series win over the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Town of Union saw it as the perfect time to honor Kraly.

They recognized his impressive baseball career as a Yankee and his contributions to Greater Binghamton.

Kraly, 84, said he is proud to call Johnson City his home. He moved here with his wife in 1958, where they raised their four children.

The Union board presented Kraly with a plaque as a symbol of his legacy.

"I don't think there's enough words in the dictionary to tell you how I feel," Kraly said. "I'm very humbled. I think it's a tremendous award they're giving me to honor me."

Kraly is the official scorer of the Binghamton Mets and says he is a proud supporter of The Children's Home. He has a passion for mentoring children.

"They have to believe in themselves and I think that if you believe in yourself, you'll excel," Kraly said.

His four children said it was a privilege to grow up with a great baseball player and father.

"It's been a ride and we can't say how much we're proud of him," Steve Kraly Jr. said. "We love him dearly."

Kraly Jr. said his father's stories shined through his childhood.

"He's got so many stories," Kraly Jr. said."It doesn't sink in until he mentions people like Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford and the greats of the game and to think our father played with these Yankees."

Kraly Sr. said he dedicates all of his success to his wife, who died seven years ago.