Sammartino was born in Italy and survived World War II before his family moved to Pittsburgh with his father in 1950
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PITTSBURGH (AP) – A suburb of Pittsburgh honored pro-wrestler Bruno Sammartino on Friday by renaming a park in honor of the longtime resident.
Sangree Park in Ross parish will be known as Sammartino Park after the man who lived in the parish for more than 50 years.
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Sammartino appeared in the ring between 1963 and 1987. He was the longest reigning champion in World Wrestling Entertainment history and a Hall of Fame member. He became known as “The Living Legend”.
Sammartino was born in Italy and survived World War II before his family moved to Pittsburgh with his father in 1950.
“Bruno is an internationally known figure and many people knew he was from Pittsburgh but didn’t know he lived in this Ross Township community,” said Dan DeMarco, president of the Ross Township Board of Commissioners.
Sammartino died in 2018 at the age of 82. His wife and three sons survived him.