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Legendary Baseball Parks?

Question asked by anadyr on Mar 21, 2013
Latest reply on Mar 21, 2013 by anadyr


OK I grew up in Pittsburgh so I am predjudiced.  But Forbes Field, the former home of the Pittsburgh Pirates was a great place to watch the national pastime.


Here are some facts about the ballpark, which opened in 1909.:


On August 5, 1921, Forbes Field was the site of the first live radio broadcast of a Major League Baseball game in the United States. The play-by-play action between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies was done by an announcer from station KDKA.  He was sitting in a box seat next to the first-base dugout.



On May 25, 1935, Babe Ruth hit the last homerun of his Major League career there.The blast cleared the right-field wall, then cleared the screen and finally cleared the doubledeck grandstands. The historic shot (a first of that distance in Forbes Field) was approximately eighty-six feet high and at least three-hundred feet away from home plate.



The first ballpark elevator was installed here, and during the 1950s, the first outfield wall "crash pads" were installed.


Most of the game-action scenes from the 1951 film Angels in the Outfield were filmed at the stadium



More than four-thousand Major League ballgames were played at Forbes Field.  No pitcher ever threw a  no hitter there.


Center field's deepest point was an ivy covered brick wall that measured 435 feet away from home plate.


Right field, Clemente's territory, was 408 feet away.


The most common building material used was wood!


Maxium capacity was 44,000 diehard Pirate fans.


Bob Prince, the longtime announcer loved the place, we can all recall his coments when the Buccos were behind by two: "We need a bloop and a blast!" When the {irates were behind by three, Prince would say, "We need a bleeder, a bloop and a blast!"

So, who else has a favorite baseball park--not one of these artifical turn, domed, equal putfied things, but a real park where you mighe get a splinter on a bleacher seat or beaned by a four ball in the upper deck.  At Forbes Field there were so many poles that we always assumed we'd be seated behind one, and that made for a great day at the park.