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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:01 pm 
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Did any of you attend games there, say, as kids?

I was only in the park once, back in 1968, and seem to remember the field as being in good condition. But in the new issue of Reminisce magazine, which my wife subscribes to, there's a full-color picture taken from just behind home plate, and the field is the rattiest-looking I've ever seen at any level of professional baseball. Huge patches where there was either no grass or else it was dead -- an ugly embarrassment. Not sure when the picture was taken, but the caption says something about it being one of Ralph Kiner's bigger home run years.

Anyone else recall this as being an issue with Forbes Field?

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 Post subject: Re: Forbes Field
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Not when I was there. Very good shape in 1969, 1970 or so.

I do remember Willie Mays running into the batting cage chasing a double.

But, I do recall seeing some ratting pictures from before then. Maybe it was because of the Rinkey Dinks period?

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I attended my first major league game there in June of 1969. Bob Veale defeated the Houston Astros 1-0. Freddie Patek had a hand in the run I think. I have seen some pics of Forbes where the grass looks pretty sparse, too.


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Bob in Boston wrote:
Did any of you attend games there, say, as kids?

I was only in the park once, back in 1968, and seem to remember the field as being in good condition. But in the new issue of Reminisce magazine, which my wife subscribes to, there's a full-color picture taken from just behind home plate, and the field is the rattiest-looking I've ever seen at any level of professional baseball. Huge patches where there was either no grass or else it was dead -- an ugly embarrassment. Not sure when the picture was taken, but the caption says something about it being one of Ralph Kiner's bigger home run years.

Anyone else recall this as being an issue with Forbes Field?

I was there many times, but I was born in 1960, so I was a little kid. To me it was pristine, the most beautiful place in the world.

It did have a reputation for having a rough infield. One other point: the standards for field maintenance are way, WAY higher nowadays. Look at any of the footage from the 1971 WS in Baltimore to see what I mean. It's tougher to tell from old black and white photos, but I'd bet that casual maintenance was the norm throughout baseball history.

Come to think of it, the Steelers played their home games at Forbes for many years. I'd imagine that took it's toll for any September games.

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All games that I attended were from about 60-69. I don't remember it being ratty but I was a kid. That said, walking into the stadium always left me in awe. I have seen pictures though that indicate the infield might have been shabby at times.


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My first game at Forbes Field was in 67 or 68 against the Phillies. Al McBean, Jerry May, Maury Wills, Gene Alley, Bill Mazeroski, Don Clendenon, Willie Stargell, Matty Alou, Roberto Clemente. Richie Allen hit a monster HR for the Phils only run.
The ratty picture may have been in the fall when the Steelers used to play there. I dont remember the field being ratty. The stands were old...poles blocking your view if you were in the back rows.
I was at the last two games played there in June, 1970 a twinbill sweep against the Cubs.

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Was there as a kid in the late 50s and all of the 60s. My memory, and it was also as a kid, but the grass was so green and everything was just perfect when I attended with Dad, and with the Little League.

Saw Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snyder,Gil Hodges, Eddie Mathews and I'm sure many other Dodgers and Braves. (can't remember Aaron)
Saw Eddie Mathews hit one out over the right field stands, a feat only a handful ever did including several by Stargell (saw one of them).

Course I saw Clemente, Mazeroski, Groat, Skinner, Virdon, Law, Haddix et al.

For a kid, it didn't get any better then that.

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Bob, Of course, I was at game 7 of the '60 WS with my dad...sitting in the bleachers when Maz hit THE homerun. I have many fond memories of Forbes Field, and I always thought it looked absolutely beautiful, especially with the trees in the background at Schenley Park. The reality is that it probably was rather dark and dank inside, but the field always looked immaculate to me. I do recall, as someone else said, that the infield was known for being pretty rough, and that's why Tony Kubek got hit in the Adam's apple during game 7. Bob Prince called certain infield hits, Alabaster Blasts.... But, I loved Forbes Field and was very sad to see it go. That wasn't the case with Three Rivers....I was happy to see it blown up!!


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