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Forbes Field: 1910

Forbes Field: 1910

Circa 1910. "Forbes Field, Pittsburgh." A continuation of this image. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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I dare say that's prettier than even Wrigley Field. Sure, getting rid of those support posts will make the view better, but that's just beautiful. Love the gallery on top!

Childhood memory

We lived in Pittsburgh in the late '50s to 1961 and my dad took me to one game around 1960. We were middle deck, closer to home plate than first base. I remember tossing peanut shells over the rail. Almost 60 years later I sometimes think about that experience.

Flag at half staff

Any ideas regarding the reason the flag is at half staff? Memorial Day perhaps?

I attended many games here in the 60s. We rode a streetcar to Oakland and sat in the right field stands to get a view of Roberto Clemente. When the home team ran out at the start of an inning, we would yell, "Hey, Clemente!" He would look up and every kid was sure he was looking right at them.

Part of Forbes Field still stands, a section of the outfield wall where Bill Mazeroski's "walk-off" homerun left the stadium in 1960.

Gonna need a new flag

That's a 46-star American flag, which lasted only four years as the official flag of the U.S. In 1912, with the admission of Arizona and New Mexico, it was time to upgrade to a new 48-star flag.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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