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Marty Cassio

Marty Cassio (Bowling.  Born, Palermo, ltaly, Aug. 15, 1904; died, Rahway, NJ, Dec. 20, 1972.)  Marty Cassio moved to the United States at the age of five.  Like most immigrants, he went to work at an early age.  A career in sports appeared doomed when as a youth he plunged through a plate glass window while carrying an armful of clothes when earning a few bucks at a tailor shop.  As a result of the accident, Cassio’s hand was shrunken and his ring finger and little fingers were permanently curled.  In 1930, Marty Cassio took up bowling.  He became a tailor in Rahway, N.J., and was “The Bowling Tailor.”  Without a strong wrist to power the ball, Cassio relied on accuracy, which he perfected.  His biggest asset was his determination, which he combined with consistency.  He anchored many championship teams in major leagues throughout the New York metro area during his career.  His performance in American Bowling Congress tournaments is highlighted by his 1946 record of leading the ten-year averages, with a 203 for 90 games across 30 sets of lanes. Cassio finished in the top ten six times in A.B.C. tournaments in singles, doubles and all-events.

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