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Kraly chose to make a home in Binghamton

Binghamton baseball legend Steve Kraly passed away on Monday at the age of 86 after a year long battle with cancer. He was a legend in the baseball community in Binghamton having pitched the Triplets to an Eastern League Title in 1953 before joining the Yankees and earning a World Series Championship with them later that year. After his retirement from the game he became the official scorer of the Binghamton Mets from 1992-2014.

He was born in Whiting, IN but because of his playing days with the Triplets, fell in love with the Southern Tier and made Binghamton his home.

"He's not from here. The fact that he came here and played ball then settled down here after his playing career, that says a lot. That says he saw something about this community back in the day and decided to settle down and raise a family here," says Jim Weed, B-Mets General Manager. "Speaking to him, that was the most important thing in his life. The game was great and it was great to him, he loved being a part of that but his family and the community were really more important to him."

Kraly is survived by his four children and six grandchildren.