FORBES FIELD

The History of Forbes Field

Forbes Field was home to the National League Pittsburgh Pirates for sixty-one years. The park was named after General John Forbes who was the British general during the French and Indian War that captured Fort Pitt from the French Army in 1758.

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"Pittsburg can now boast of the world's finest baseball park. It is a marvel of which people in other cities can have no adequate conception until they come here and see it." - Fred Clarke in 1909

Forbes Field

Forbes Field

Major League Occupant(s)

Pittsburgh Pirates
First Game
06-30-1909
First Loss
06-30-1909
First Win
07-02-1909
First Shutout
07-05-1909
Last Game

Forbes Field

Forbes Field Ariel View in 1960

Ballpark Capacity

Capacity Changes
( Yearly Attendance )
1909
23,000
1915
25,000
1925
41,000
1938
40,000
1939
33,537
1942
33,467
1947
33,730
1953
34,249
1960
35,000

Forbes Field

Forbes Field Ariel View in 1960

Ballpark Dimensions

Backstop
1909
110'
1938
84'
1947
80'
1954
84'
1959
75'
Left Field
1909
360'
1921
356.5'
1922
356'
1926
360'
1930
365'
1947
335'
1954
365'
Left Center
1942
406'
1947
355'
1954
406'
Left Center (Flagpole)
1909
462'
1930
'457
Center Field
1926
422'
1930
435'
Right Center
1942
408'
Right Field
1909
376'
1921
376.5'
1922
376'
1925
300'

Forbes Field

Forbes Field

Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Architect
Osborn Engineering
Construction
Nicole Construction Company
Cost (in 1909)
$1,000,000.00
Field Surface
Grass (Hard)
Highest Attendance
44,932
09-23-1956
Walls
1909-1945
Wood
1946-1970
Brick & Ivy
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baseball almanac fast facts

On May 25, 1935, Babe Ruth hit the last home run of his Major League career in Forbes Field. 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.

Did you know that the first ballpark elevator was installed here, and during the 1950s, the first outfield wall "crash pads" were installed?

More than four-thousand Major League ballgames were played at Forbes Field and a no-hitter was never thrown by any pitcher from any ballclub ever in its history.

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