PITTSBURGH, (PRNewswire) – Forbes Field, the scene of many
Negro League games and a fantastic World Series win 46 years ago for the
Pittsburgh Pirates, has been commemorated with an official state historical
The familiar blue and yellow marker was placed near the brick wall that
is the last standing vestige of the famous field that opened in 1909.
\”Memories of Forbes Field are locked in the minds and hearts of
Pittsburghers and baseball fans everywhere,\” said PHMC Executive Director
Barbara Franco. \”It\’s important that people remember the role this stadium
played in so many lives.\”
Arguably the most famous moment at the field was when Bill Mazeroski
hit a home run in the ninth inning of the seventh game to beat the New York
Yankees and win the 1960 World Series. The field was also the site of the
last three home runs hit by the legendary Babe Ruth.
The Homestead Grays, Steelers and Pitt Panthers also played at Forbes
Field; political rallies, boxing matches and other events also took place
there. The field was damaged by fire and razed in 1972.
This marker joins over 2,500 others that depict people, places and
events of interest in the commonwealth. For information on the historical
marker program, visit http://www.phmc.state.pa.us.