Brian Cashman's father dies

Updated: September 22, 2012, 5:37 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ATLANTIS, Fla. -- John Cashman, a veteran of the harness racing industry and the father of New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, has died. He was 72.

Carol Hodes, publicity director for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of NJ, says John Cashman died Saturday in Atlantis, Fla. She says Cashman had been battling pancreatic cancer.

A New York native and an avid fan of harness racing since he was a young boy, Cashman would often accompany his father -- a steward for the New York State Racing & Wagering Board -- to the racetrack and other industry events.

In 1992, Cashman was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., where he served as an active trustee.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Holy Spirit Church in Lantana, Fla., the Yankees said. There will be visitation on Monday night from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Tillman Funeral Home in West Palm Beach.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley and The Associated Press was used in this report.