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Obituary: ‘Big Bear’ Jim Carey starred on St. John’s diamonds and alleys

Jim Carey, a Hall of Fame pitcher with the Holy Cross Crusaders back in the 1950s, passed away Monday. He was 85.

Nicknamed the ‘Big Bear,’ Carey was a star on Holy Cross and the St. John’s Capitals, which eventually led to his induction into the St. John’s Baseball Hall of Fame.

But while he was great on the baseball diamond, he was just as good in the bowling alleys.

Back in the late 1950s, Carey, Jack Cranshaw, Duey Fitzgerald and Robin Short Sr. set a team bowling record with a 3,614 four-man score. The record still stands today. Cranshaw, one of bowling’s all-time greats, rolled a record 1,153 that night.

Resting at Caul’s Funeral Home, Carey’s funeral service will take place 9:30 a.m. Friday from St. Patrick's Church.

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