Dorchester Illustration no. 2194
Crusher Casey and Family
This illustration is a press photo with the following caption on the back: July 13, 1957. This is the lovely family of Jim (Crusher) Casey of Melville Ave., Dorchester. They are shown viewing daddy’s portrait posed after he won the Pacific Coast Wrestling Championship. L-R: Jim, Patty 6 yrs, Mrs. Casey (Myrtle), Jim Jr. 10 yrs, and Steve 9 yrs.
The Casey family lived at 35 Melville Avenue.
How many Crusher Casey’s were there?
The following comes from : http://www.legacyofwrestling.com/Casey.html describing Jim’s brother Steve.
Steve “Crusher” Casey was a former six-time World Heavyweight Champion and one of the famous Casey Brothers, along with Jim and Tom. He stood 6’0″ and weighed in at 200 pounds. Casey arrived in East Boston in 1936 from County Kerry, Ireland.
Casey made history at the Boston Garden on February 11, 1938. He defeated Lou Thesz in a two-of-three-falls match to capture the AWA World Heavyweight Title.
Casey opened a Boston bar in 1949 named Crusher Casey’s. In 1968, three armed men robbed the bar and injured Casey and killed one of the customers. Casey recovered. He died of cancer in 1987 at the age of 78.
Note: The bar, Crusher Casey’s, was owned by both Jim and Steve, so perhaps they were both Crusher Casey.
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