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  1. John Murphy
    6/4/2015
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    I was taken from Mellon park with my buddy Jim Micheals to about 4 knothole games played at Forbes field.We got in free with the man who took us,and I remember walking by the Honus Wagner statue on our way into the stadium.We sat in Right field and my fav pirate Roberto Clemente played right field.I wanted to mention that the young man who took us to the pirate games was Red Manning.Red ended up head BBall coach at Duquesne university ,and then AD at Duquesne!

  2. 6/13/2015
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    That’s me in the picture! I’m still going to see the Bucs as often as I can and watch virtually all the other games on TV. The players of my childhood era are etched in my memory; their faces, uniforms #’s, the way they ran, who came to the infield railing to sign autographs, the calls of the vendors “red hots [hot dogs] here!” Thanks for the posting and memories. And as the article says, I’m still friends with after 65 years with Michael Hyde…friendships like ours is what we do in Pittsburgh. What a great town!

  3. Harry G
    9/2/2015
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    The 406 ft mark at PNC park is not the original. I dug the original out (in pieces) from the rubble of the outfield wall and had it in my dorm room in the towers. It was too many bricks to take all the home to Erie in the spring so I just kept a portion of it. Some old floor mates from the 7 floor may have more pieces of it.

  4. Robert Gross
    9/2/2015
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    FORBES FIELD -I used to take a carload of knot hole children to Pirate games around 1960. I can remember a catch by Bill Virdon on a ball Frank Robinson of the Reds hit (it wasn’t a high fly, it was a shot) to deep right center. From my knot hole seat in right, I could see Clemente wasn’t going to get close and there came Virdon, up into the air near the iron gates, made the catch, turned and made the throw to Maz and the crowd went crazy. Frank Robinson was standing with his arms down in disbelief. Virdon came to bat the bottom of the inning and he had to quiet the crowd before he could bat. Probably one of the greatest unrecorded catches ever made. I wonder if any one else has memories of this play.

  5. Jim
    10/13/2015
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    I spent 8 years in pittsburgh in the mid 70s to early 80s and I still miss what a great place it is to live. If anyone had told me I would live in Pittsburgh and love it when I lived in Chicago I would have told them they were nuts. Our son was born in Pittsburgh at St Francis Hospital on Penn Ave. We lived in Lawrenceville and Squirrel Hill as well as Carrick, I lived in Oakland when I first came from Indianapols where I spent a year after moving from Chicago where I thought I was going back to, but fate i stepped in and I wound up in the Burgh, which I thought I was a place I would hate, boy was I wrong.

  6. Bob Speidel
    6/29/2017
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    Many great memories of Forbes Field, but the one the sticks out is actually getting to play two games on that field. I played for the McKeesport Legion baseball team and in the early ’60s we played a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Little Pirates, and I went 3 for 8. Memories to last a lifetime.

  7. Michael J. Hyde
    6/30/2017
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    I’m the other kid, Michael Hyde. Lee just emailed me about the postings. Reading the shared memories of Pirate games is a trip. The smile on my face and the tear in my eye will not go away. During the past ten years I have been back to Pittsburgh a number of times to attend professional conferences. Things have really changed, for the better, but the glory of the past remains. Indeed, the memories: I am sixteen, the Pirates are playing the Dodgers. I am sitting with my girlfriend in box seats, third base side. Maury Wills is at bat, hits a screeching foul ball headed toward my head, and watches my reaction as I make an award-winning catch and give the ball to my girlfriend. I wish I still had it. Take care one and all.

  8. Lee Reichbaum
    6/30/2017
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    I’m he kid enjoying the red hot with my best friend at my side. Yesterday at my side at PNC Park was my 33 y/o son, another best friend! The game was great, I of course provided him with detailed commentary, as if he hadn’t grown up and dad needed to ‘splain what was going on. Love seeing our Bucs, love, love JHay’s [Josh Harrisons] passion for playing and seeing ‘Cutch return to his glory! Hope to see many more games this summer with family and friends, the Park and game are great ways to share time!
    Let’s go Bucs!!

  9. Jerry Canton
    3/15/2018
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    My dad and I attended a twilight double header against the Dodgers in September of 1965 at Forbes Field. We sat in the first row lower deck in right field just behind Clemente. The Bucs beat Koufax AND Drysdale that night! Had to be the only time that ever happened against those two HOF pitchers.

  10. Douglas Hillyer
    3/26/2020
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    I was ten when game seven was played. Got permission to stay home from burgwin elementary in the afternoon. Seen mazeroski hit the home run off whitey ford. Good memories.

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