Union College alumnus plays in baseball major leagues before becoming executive director of youth outreach program


Attending college can often be the beginning of a long journey to finding the right career. Michael Saccocio - a graduate of Union College in New York - held a walk-on spot on the school's baseball team during his undergraduate years, the Times Union reports.

In order to pursue his dream of playing baseball professionally, Saccocio started lifting weights and practicing for hours a day. He did well enough in a travel league to get noticed by the Montreal Expos, who signed him as a free agent in 1982. He was named team MVP during his second year with the team, but by the end of his third year, he was cut.

While he was on the team, Saccocio roomed with several Christian ballplayers, and appreciated that they attended chapel services on the road and prayed frequently. He said that he was inspired by their faith, and wished to do something productive in society after playing baseball, according to the news source.

Saccocio got his master's degree in public policy and landed a job as a legislative assistant to Assemblyman Jim Tedisco. He then started helping with the City Mission of Schenectady's youth program. Six months later, the executive director of the mission asked him if he wanted the youth director job. He took the position and has been fulfilled in his job ever since, the media outlet reports.

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