Forbes Field lives on


As I make my way east documenting obscure roadside attractions, one of my favorites is the remnants of old Forbes Field. Both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelers used to play on this field a long time ago. Pittsburgh Pirate, Bill Mazeroski hit the infamous “Shot Heard Around the World” in game 7 of 1960 World Series against the New York Yankees right here. In 1970 the field was torn down as the Pirates and the Steelers were moving the new Three Rivers Stadium (which has also been torn down). Subsequently, the University of Pittsburgh bought the property and built some buildings on this prized land found in crowded Oakland (a borough of Pittsburgh). As the University built the buildings, they saved some important pieces of Pittsburgh history including home plate seen above found in the Posvar Building lobby as well as the center field and right center fences, which both still have ivy growing on them. The fences are found behind the building, and you really need to look for them as they are obscured by trees. Also accompanying home plate is a framed autographed copy of the infamous picture found on the cover of Life Magazine of Maz’s game winning home run. The picture was taken atop of the Cathedral of Learning, a huge university building found across the street from the former field. With the framed picture is a signed letter from Maz himself.

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