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Wes K, Franklin, TN -- Oct 04, 2007 14:32 PM
2 visit(s). My rating: 8
This was one of my uncle's favorite parks. As a scout in the 1950's, he thought this park best allowed an all-around player to star. He was a fan of triples, believing that a triple meant a player had both power and speed. I got to sit behind the Pirates' dugout one Sunday for a doubleheader when they were playing St. Louis. Both games went to extra innings. Stan Musial was already past his prime, and he only played in the second game. He got two hits. I remember Lindy McDaniel lost the first game in relief then came back and won the second game in relief for St. Louis. I also remember a player named Bob Clemente who everybody thought had loads of potential. He batted 8th for the Pirates then.

Wes K, Franklin, TN -- Jan 10, 2008 17:20 PM
10 visit(s). My rating: 8
This was a great place to watch baseball, especially if you would rather watch games that don't become home run derbies. In the late 1950's and early 1960's, home run hitters came into Forbes and pull the ball 350 feet down the left field line for easy outs. The area behind center field was still beautiful back in those days (I haven't seen that park area since about 1966 or 1967). I remember walking across the University of Pittsburgh campus from the parking area to the field. I think Roberto Clemente would have averaged 10 more homers per season playing in most other parks, but at the same time, his average was higher because he hit at Forbes. The left and centerfielders had more ground to cover and watched more than the average number of ball drop in for hits. The great thing about this park was that line drives were nothing but trouble for the outfielders if they were not caught. The ball rolled all the way to the fence, and it frequently turned singles into doubles, doubles into triples, and triples into inside the park homers.

Joe K, Harrisburg, PA -- Jan 12, 2009 11:41 AM
6 visit(s). My rating: 8
My dad drove us 120 miles to Forbes Field once or twice a year until it closed down. I haven't yet been to PNC Park, but Forbes was infinitely better than Three Rivers Stadium. Many great memories, but this one stands out: We always sat behind first base in the field boxes. From that vantage point the right-field screen, which was only 150 feet or so away from us, looked HUGE, especially when contrasted with the very deep center-field fences.

Larry Gorman, sneads Ferry, NC -- Mar 23, 2009 14:23 PM
10 visit(s). My rating: 9
Forbes Field was beautiful and a large part of my childhood.Every October 13[the anniversary of Maz'famous home run] a large contingency of the Bucco faithful meets to listen to that famous 1960 World Series game 7.Some Pirates from that team come and Maz was there in 2000 for the 40th anniversary.Only in PGH!

Steve O, Manassas, VA -- Apr 19, 2009 13:14 PM
10 visit(s). My rating: 9
I grew up in Pittsburgh ("da burgh") and spent many a great afternoon at Forbes Field. Without question my fondest memory was Game 7 in 1960! Somehow a friends dad got two tickets to the game, his son and I went .. alone! Different times when two 13 year old boys go out in the world alone, ha! Although Maz's homer is the top memory there were so many, many more. Not always great results but watching guys like Maz, Clemente, Friend, Law, Thomas, Hoak, Skinner, Burgess, Face and so many more made for fond memories. And for the times I wasn't at the park there was the radio ... listening to greatest "homer" announcer "The Gunner", Bob Prince and his sidekick Jim "The Possum" Woods. Which reminds me of the "Greatest Radio Game" I heard, Harvey "The Kitten" Haddox's "Perfect" 13 innings game ... which he lost! Thanks for helping me relive these memories!

Jeff OConnor, White Marsh, MD -- Jun 24, 2009 13:52 PM
10 visit(s). My rating: 9
I loved going to Forbes Field when I was a kid. I was fortunate enough to go to about 25 games a year with my dad. Remember walking across the field after the games and going out the door in the left field wall. My hero, like many kids in the 60's was The Great Roberto. As one who has been to Wrigley, Fenway and Yankee Stadium, Forbes Field was still the best. Three Rivers was a joke of a park. PNC is a real nice park...thank God baseball has moved away from those cookie-cutter parks of the 70's and 80's.

Paul H, East Lyme, CT -- Dec 17, 2010 08:49 AM
1 visit(s). My rating: 7
Never saw Forbes Field in person, only when Cubs game were on at home in Indiana. Thought the ivy on the left field wall was a rip-off of Wrigley. Amazed at the batting cage in centerfield. Great park.

Paul H, East Lyme, CT -- Dec 17, 2010 08:49 AM
1 visit(s). My rating: 7
Never saw Forbes Field in person, only when Cubs game were on at home in Indiana. Thought the ivy on the left field wall was a rip-off of Wrigley. Amazed at the batting cage in centerfield. Great park.

Zach LaFleur, Fowlerville, MI -- Sep 10, 2014 21:55 PM
1 visit(s). My rating: 9
This ballpark was torn down before my time, but when you next update its page, please make sure to update the diagrams so the 1911 one shows up as a diagram instead of a ? mark with no diagram! They should have kept and improved this park, at least they now have one of the best, most beautiful parks in the majors now, PNC Park!

Frank Capo, Ashtabula, OH -- Dec 20, 2014 11:28 AM
6 visit(s). My rating: 7
Forbes was a great place to watch a baseball game. I remember the weird tarp system that ran under ground along the 3rd base line between the line and the stands. It was a mechanical in-ground tarp covered by wood or metal, not sure which, but I can remember seeing a few runners slip and fall on it rounding 3rd and heading home. The upper deck boxes had folding chairs in them. Not anchored seats but actual folding chairs!

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