PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) — Ross Township is honoring pro wrestler Bruno Sammartino by renaming a park in the longtime resident’s honor.
Sangree Park in Ross Township will be known as Sammartino Park, after the man who lived in the community for more than 50 years.READ MORE: WWE Hall Of Famer Bruno Sammartino Dies At 82
Sammartino appeared in the ring between 1963 and 1987. He was the longest reigning champion in World Wrestling Entertainment history and was a member of its Hall of Fame. He was known as “The Living Legend.”
Sammartino was born in Italy and survived World War II before his family joined his father in Pittsburgh in 1950.READ MORE: Documentary About Pittsburgh Wrestling Legend Bruno Sammartino Premieres
“Bruno is an internationally known figure and a lot of people knew that he was from Pittsburgh but didn’t know that he lived in this community, in Ross Township,” said Dan DeMarco, president of the Ross Township Board of Commissioners.
Sammartino died in 2018 at age 82. He was survived by his wife and three sons.
Sammartino lived in Ross Township for 58 years, including during his record breaking run as world heavyweight champion.
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