Forbes Field and the University of Pittsburgh

April 8th, 2010
by Byron Bennett

Forbes Field Wall and the Cathedral of Learning

Baseball fans owe a debt of gratitude to the University of Pittsburgh for having the foresight to keep portions of Forbes Field in place for future generations of fans to appreciate. The university purchased Forbes Field in the 1960’s with the understanding it would tear down the ballpark and develop the land once the Pirates relocated to a new stadium.

The Backside of the Wall

A line of bricks embedded in the sidewalk in front of Wesley Posvar Hall marks the left field portion of the outfield wall – an area once known as “Greenberg Gardens” and, after that, “Kiner’s Korner,” in honor of two of the team’s more prolific sluggers.

Plaque Embedded in Street Marking Outfield Wall

A bronze plaque in the sidewalk marks the exact spot where Bill Mazeroski’s ninth-inning home run cleared both former Yankee catcher-turned-outfielder Yogi Berra and the left field wall, clinching the 1960 World Series for the Pirates.

Game Over!

The line of bricks continue across a narrow street – appropriately named Roberto Clemente Drive – to where the actual remnants of the outfield wall began.

Bricks Embedded in Sidewalk Mark Outfield Wall

About 15 feet tall, and perhaps 180 feet long, the wall is constructed of red brick and divided by concrete columns spaced 12 feet apart. The columns are painted green and the wall is capped with blocks of weathered grey granite. The original center field flag pole and two distance markers, still painted in white on the side of the wall — 457 to left center, 436 to right center, remain as well.

457 to Left Center With Shadow of CF Flagpole

The wall ends at what once was the right-field pavilion.

Right Field Grandstand Started Here

For more pictures and information from Deadball Baseball about Forbes Field, CLICK: Forbes Field – Game Over .

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Posted in Forbes Field, Pennsylvania ballparks | Comments (6)

  • Avatar S. Curve says:

    Great photos, Byron! What has been saved of Forbes Field gives a good sense of where it sat, and the area is a great place to visit in general. The Oakland section of Pittsburgh features the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Schenley Park (a huge naturally preserved forested expanse), as well as the campuses of the University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, and close-by Carnegie-Mellon University. It’s all worth a day to explore.

  • Avatar John McGrath says:

    S.Curve’s suggestion rings true, as I did spend a day exploring the sights on and around the old Forbes Field a couple years back. I remember it fondly and clearly,however, since I tacked the adventure onto the end of a certain work trip to Pittsburgh – for a job that has recently come to a miraculous, yet favorable conclusion. Good times, thanks Byron.

  • Byron Bennett Byron Bennett says:

    Sounds like your trip was a gas a really good time. Thanks for the comments. Keep a look out for a future post about Three Rivers.

  • Avatar Brian English says:

    Great website. Thanks for the picture of Gil English. He is my grandfather. I have never seen this one. Thanks

  • Byron Bennett Byron Bennett says:

    Hello Brian

    Glad you saw the site. It is a great picture of your grandfather and I was quite excited when I found it. It shows not only the Baker Bowl, but also seems to capture a bit of what baseball was like back when Gil English played.

    I found the picture at a baseball card shop in Silver Spring. I’d be glad to pass the original picture on to you. I’ll send you an email off-line.

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