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Healy Field

Healy Field is located near Van Cortlandt Park East and Kepler Avenue in Van Cortlandt Park. Originally known as Kepler Field, it honors Sean Healy an assistant district attorney and Woodlawn native. Born in 1960, Healy was the youngest of five children and an avid baseball player in the Wood–Lean Instructional League; a program for boys and girls aged five to seven from the Woodlawn and McLean Heights neighborhoods.

Sean Healy attended the Bronx High School of Science, and graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1982 and Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1985. Upon graduation, Healy joined the United States Navy and was appointed a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1985 to 1989. He served in the Phillippines and traveled to Calcutta, India to do charity work in Mother Teresa’s home for the dying before returning to the Bronx in January 1990. Healy remained in the Navy reserve and was appointed an assistant district attorney for the Bronx. Healy was killed in a drive–by shooting in 1990.

In 1991, Council Member June M. Eisland introduced a bill to rename the field with the support of the Boys & Girls Club and the Woodlawn Heights Taxpayers & Community Association. Healy Field was officially dedicated on the opening day of the Wood–Lean League’s 1991 season. Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer provided $250,000 for a 1995 renovation of the field, which included a new grandstand, fence, drinking fountain and landscaping.