Get to Know the Man Behind 'Hap' Bruno Field
Mario 'Hap' Bruno's granddaughter, Christine Herlin, explains the significance of Bruno's life in Chicago Heights.
Ever wonder how Hap Bruno Field got its name?
The baseball field is named after Mario "Hap" Bruno, a Chicago Heights legend known for his baseball accomplishments as both a manager and a player, and for his community involvement.
In this video, Christine Herlin, Bruno's granddaughter and a second-grade teacher at Greenbriar School, reflects on her grandfather.
According to Italian-American scholar Dominic Candeloro's Mostly Melted/Still Connected: The Marchegiani in Chicago Heights 1893-1997, Bruno came to the United States from Le Marche, Italy, in 1904. He had to overcome many obstacles as a child, including the death of his father, but he thrived in Chicago Heights.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Bruno was both a manager and a third baseman on the Chicago Heights Athletics, according to Candeloro. He also was involved in the community as a businessman.