|Title:||Class of 1988|
J. Michael Staiti, your accomplishments on the baseball field are among the most memorable in Worcester State College athletic history.
You were an outstanding pitcher and were considered the "Ace" of the staff during the College's most successful baseball era. Your individual accomplishments are a tribute to your natural abilities, hard work, and determination.
You were a starting pitcher for three years and compiled a 12-2 overall record with an outstanding 2.05 career earned run average, the best of any pitcher in the College's history. You were 2-2 as a sophomore, 6-0 as a junior, on an undefeated 13-0 team, and 4-0 as a senior. Your ERA as a junior and senior was a sparkling 1.63. Your teams compiled 33 wins and just 7 loses for an amazing .825 winning percentage while you were pitching.
You could also swing the bat and finished with a .314 career batting average. As a sophomore you were the teams leading hitter with a .362 average. ..not bad for a pitcher.
Your leadership qualities were evident as you were elected captain of the 1965 team. You earned six varsity letters, three in baseball, two in basketball and one in golf.
You were a member of the 1964 and 1965 New England Conference Championship teams which won 27 straight games, a Collegiate record which still stands today. Two present Hall of Famers, Kevin Lyons and Ernie Kapatoes were also members of those outstanding teams.
You are currently the associate principal at Quabbin Regional Junior-Senior High School in Barre. You coached golf for 15 years and basketball for five years at Quabbin and also served as the athletic director for 10 years.
J. Michael Staiti, it is with great pride that we induct you into the Worcester State College Athletic Hall of Fame.