19 Comments

  1. Jim Ellrod
    9/2/2015
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    Beautiful journalism. Clemente was MVP in 66. Thanks a bunch Steve.

    • Vincent Travis
      5/12/2019
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      I saw my first game at Forbes Field in 1959 at the age of 7 against Stan Musial and the Cardinals

  2. AC
    9/2/2015
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    Some of the photos are flipped. The one with Litchfield towers in the background can only have been taken from the stands looking between 1st and 2nd, but since the photo is flipped, it looks like it’s between 2nd and 3rd.

    • 9/2/2015
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      Good catch. We’ve corrected the image and notice that Roberto Clemente is in right field.

  3. John W. Franko
    9/2/2015
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    Great shots Steve. I’ve seen hundreds of photos of Forbes Field, but I’ve never seen these. Thanks for the memories!!

  4. Barbara Rainwater
    9/2/2015
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    July, 1966…the month and year I left my heart in a city and it wasn’t San Francisco….My dad was transferred to Houston, Texas and I was moved from the city where I was born, raised and I loved. Ironically for this story, my husband was transferred to the San Francisco Bay area where we have lived for 30 years….across the Bay and through a tunnel. Baseball-wise? Oakland fans…and a big piece of my heart will always be in Pittsburgh. These pictures bring back such memories….especially of those really special times when we actually got to go to Forbes Field…Nostalgia at its best! :-) Thanks!

  5. Lenny Seanez
    9/2/2015
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    Wow! Great article, Steve. The 1966 Bucco campaign is still my personal favorite. You really stirred up some wonderful memories. While we’re on the topic of baseball reminisces, do you recall the doubleheader that the Pirates played against the Dodgers on September 2nd in 1965? I was fortunate to be sitting in the bleachers with my Dad that evening. The Bucs won both ends of that twi-nighter, defeating both Sandy Koufax AND Don Drysdale. I’m sure that was an occurrence that rarely happened, if ever.

  6. Lenny Seanez
    9/2/2015
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    Oops! The doubleheader that I referred to previously was actually played on September 1, not on the 2nd. Sorry for the misinformation — memory can indeed be a leaky barque.

  7. Mary Korb
    9/2/2015
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    Love seeing the pictures of Forbes Field. I was born and raised in Oakland. Remember the 1960 Pirates and the excitement of the day of the win. I moved years ago but still love the “Burgh”‘

  8. Jarrod
    9/8/2015
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    I had trouble picturing where Forbes Field was in relation to the Hillman LIbrary picture until I realized that Forbes Quad obviously wasn’t there. I had forgotten about home plate being by the bathrooms on the ground floor.

  9. Robert B. Weisner
    10/29/2015
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    I well remember the 1966 season despite being just 14. The Pirates were playing so well that Commissioner Eckert had granted the club permission to print World Series tickets just in case they would win the pennant. Somehow, Dad was able to purchase two tickets which I actually held in my hand. In the end, he redeemed them at Mellon Bank for a full refund. Now, 49 years later, I wish I had those tickets. 1966 was Clemente’s best-ever season and how shocking it was to see Matty Alou win the National League Batting Title in his first season as a Bucco.

  10. John Linn
    2/25/2017
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    Involved in a Navy swearing in ceremony in June, 1956. Don’t remember the exact number of enlisted but there were quite a few.Contacted Pirates for info numerous times and have yet to hear back from them. (60 years). They should have some info.

  11. Tony Petrone
    6/1/2017
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    I worked as a non union vendor at Forbes Field in 1964 and had a friend named Ernest who was an African American.

    I have been trying to find him with no luck for several years and without a last name it was more difficult. I live in Texas but visit family in the Pittsburgh area a few times a year.

    I heard there were some sign in logs on line for all vendors and could not find them.

  12. Denise Doyle
    5/11/2019
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    Boy she was an awesome park! Other than wishing I had read this on Fathers’ Day weekend, the article is perfect. I remember going with my dad to watch the Pirates a few times in the 1960s and walking down the slight decline as we approached he entrance. I was 10 when we attended our last game together against the dreaded Phillies—we lost. My dad suddenly passed away before summer came again, but my love of Pirate baseball remains with me.

  13. Bobby Lee Harris
    5/11/2019
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    Forbes Field evokes so many fond memories. I was a young boy from Alabama spending the summer with my daddy. I would walk to Forbes Field from 1501 Caldwell Street to watch Roberta Clemente in right field. Memories I will never forget.

  14. Chuck Haley
    5/11/2019
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    Went to my first Pirates game in 1947, at the age of 2, and had my picture taken with Clyde Klutz, catcher. Saw too many games to count, including the All-Star game in ‘59 and ‘60 World Series games, culminating in the last game at Forbes. I loved Forbes Field and wish it could have been saved, pillars and all. Saw a ton of games at Three Rivers, including the first and last games there, and ‘71 and ‘79 World Series games. Also attended first game at PNC. Still a fan, but …

  15. Frankdonatelli
    5/12/2019
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    The 66 team was really good. It took Sandy Koufax’ last season and 27 (count em) wins to nose out the Bucs.

  16. Leah Hoechstetter
    5/15/2019
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    1966 – one of my absolute favorite seasons as a young Pirate fan. What a team, it was the best! Recently came across one of the Long Ball Fans distributed by Iron City during a series with the Dodgers that summer. Pirate fans waved them to either help Pirates’ fly balls out of the park, or to keep Dodger fly balls in play. Don Drysdale, the Dodger ace, refused to pitch due to the constant motion he faced from the stands. I remember a lot of booing…. but don’t remember if fans really stopped waving them. What a fun night.

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