Former Yankee shares experience

By Dave Sherry

October 23, 2013 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 6:35 PM EDT

Binghamton, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) Steve Kraly met with Seton Catholic High School's History of Baseball class.

Kraly was a pitcher who worked his way up from college baseball all the way to the New York Yankees, winning the World Series his rookie year in 1953.

He also played with the Binghamton Triplets and set the record for most complete games thrown.

He spoke about his experience with several different teams and what it took to accomplish his dreams, something he hopes will resonate with the students.

"For some reason I was meant to be an athlete and become a professional baseball player. So the message is believe in yourself and whatever you're going to be, you have to say that's the end of the line, but you have to work at it," Kraly said.

His discussion with the class was a chance for him to show his thanks to the fans by encouraging students to achieve greatness.

"When I did make success, I wanted to pass it on to the fans. The only reason I was successful was because of you coming to watch me perform and without the fans, the ball player's nothing," he added.

Kraly says the keys to his success were support from his family, hard work and determination.

He says that if students set a goal and continue to strive for it, they can be anything they want, even a World Series champion.

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