Duluth Dukes player dies
Casshie was born Jan. 30, 1923, in Yorkville, Ohio, where he was a standout in baseball, basketball and football. After high school, he served in the Army in World War II.
After returning home, he played baseball in 1947 with the Dukes, who were part of the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. Casshie wasn’t with the team at the time of the infamous 1948 Dukes team bus crash, but his former outfield mate, Peanuts Peterson, was one of five Dukes killed.
Casshie is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lorraine, and a nephew and nieces in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio. Casshie married the former Lorraine Sink at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Aug. 21, 1948. The couple were longtime residents of West Duluth.