Brucato's first season at Holy Cross was as a member of the unbeaten 1935 Crusader football eam. As a sophomore he earned All East recognition as a halfback in 1936. He was a three-year starter at second base and captain of the 1938 Crusader baseball team, leading the team in batting, runs batted in, home runs and stolen bases. His teams were 51-9-1 on the diamond. After graduation he played two years of minor league baseball. He was an Officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946 and a veteran of four campaigns. He was awarded the Purple Heart.