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Forbes Field from the Chronology
Jun 28, 1970 - The Pirates sweep the Cubs in a doubleheader 3-2 and 4-1 in the final games at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field.
Apr 25, 1970 - In Pittsburgh Willie Stargell hits a homer over the RF roof the 2nd time he's done it in a week to help the Pirates edge the Braves 8-7. Eighteen balls have been hit over the RF roof at Forbes Field 7 by Stargell.
Apr 15, 1966 - Bob Gibson's 9-2 win at Forbes Field is the 18th straight for St. Louis in Pittsburgh. St. Louis ties the ML record set by the Dodgers against the Phillies in 1945-46 for consecutive road wins against one club.
Oct 3, 1965 - The Cubs tie a ML record with their 3rd triple play of the season-1B Ernie Banks to SS Don Kessinger-but Pittsburgh wins 6-3 at Forbes Field. Bill Faul is on the mound during each triple play. Submariner Ted Abernathy suffers the loss to Roy Face but concludes a record season for appearances (84) and consecutive errorless games (84) for a pitcher. He has 31 saves.
Aug 9, 1963 - The longest game in 12 years again at Forbes Field takes place between the Colt 45's and the Pirates. Rain delays the start of the two games by an hour then Houston outlasts the Bucs 7-6 in 15 innings. The 2nd game is another struggle this time the Pirates winning 7-6 in 11 innings on a bases loaded single by Clemente. Only 300 fans are on hand when the curtain comes down at 2:30 a.m.
Jun 30, 1960 - Dick Stuart blasts 3 consecutive HRs as the Pirates split with the Giants. Stuart drives in 7 runs and joins Ralph Kiner as the 2nd Pirate to hit 3 HRs in a game at Forbes Field. Jack Sanford pitches a 3-hit shutout to give the Giants an 11-0 first-game win. With the 11-6 nitecap victory Pittsburgh is 3 ahead of the 2nd-place Braves.
May 28, 1960 - At Forbes Field in the 8th inning Clemente is on 3B and Smith on 1B with 2 outs when Mazeroski fans on a ball that hits in the front of the plate. The ball then hits Umpire Al Barlick on the right knee and bounces back toward Phillies pitcher Jim Owens. Maz doesn't move as Smith jogs to 2B. . Clemente races in from 3B then stops. Owens fields the ball and goes after Clemente ignoring pleas from the Phils' bench to simply throw to 1B. In the run-down Clemente knocks the ball out of Jim Coker's glove and scores the tying run on the catcher's error (the photo has been widely published).. The Pirates win 4-2 in the 13th on Don Hoak's 2-run HR.
Jul 7, 1959 - The NL defeats the AL 5-4 in the All-Star Game at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Willie Mays knocks in Henry Aaron with the deciding run. Don Drysdale pitches perfect ball the first 3 innings.
Apr 18, 1958 - In his 2nd major league game Vada Pinson 19 (Total Baseball will list Pinson's birth year as 1938: Macmillan and Bill James Abstract will list it as 1936) belts a grand slam to account for all the Reds scoring in a 4-1 win over the Pirates at Forbes Field.
Sep 23, 1956 - Pittsburgh and Brooklyn draw the largest crowd 44932 in Forbes Field history. Curfew stops the game with 2 outs in the 9th and Brooklyn leading 8-3. The postponement leaves Milwaukee 1?2 game ahead of the Dodgers.
May 28, 1956 - Dale Long of the Pirates connects against the Dodgers Carl Erskine at Forbes Field for his 8th HR in 8 games a record that will stand until the Yankees Don Mattingly equals it in 1987. Pittsburgh wins 3-2 behind Bob Friend's 2-hitter.
Jul 6, 1955 - In his first ML start Sandy Koufax goes 4 1/3 innings against the Pirates at Forbes Field. He gives up just three hits but walks 8 while fanning 4. He gets no decision as the Bus win 4-1.
Aug 3, 1954 - At Forbes Field Reds manager Birdie Tebbetts starts lefty Bud Podbielan but Fred Haney counters with an all-lefty Pirate lineup. Birdie then lifts Podbielan after one batter and brings in righty Joe Nuxhall. The ploy works and the Reds 7-2.
Jun 4, 1953 - After batting practice at Forbes Field the Pirates and Cubs announce a shocking trade. Pittsburgh sends slugger Ralph Kiner along with C Joe Garagiola P Howie Pollet and OF Catfish Metkovich to Chicago for C Toby Atwell P Bob Schultz 1B Preston Ward 3B George Freese OF Bob Addis OF Gene Hermanski and $150000. The Pirates defeat the Cubs 6-1 with Kiner getting a double in four at bats for the Cubs.
Apr 9, 1953 - In an exhibition game at Forbes Field Mickey Mantle crunches a Bill MacDonald curve and hits it over the RF roof joining the Babe and Ted Beard as the only hitters to accomplish that since the upper deck was added in 1925. Ruth's homer over the roof was the 714th and last of his career.
Jun 26, 1951 - Fresh from a doubleheader loss on the 24th at Forbes Field the Dodgers get further bad news at the Polo Grounds. Sal Maglie shuts out Brooklyn on three hits and Preacher Roe takes his first loss after ten wins. Eddie Stanky and Whitey Lockman hit homers.
Jun 22, 1951 - A power failure at Forbes Field delays the start of the game with Dodgers by 2 hours. Rain holds up play in the 6th inning by another 36 minutes pushing the ending to 1:56 a.m. the latest game played to date. Brooklyn has no power problems as Jackie Robinson's homer helps Da Bums to an 8-4 win. Of the 24966 on hand at the start 10000 are still on hand at the end.
Aug 16, 1950 - At the Polo Grounds Henry Thompson of the Giants hits two HRs both inside-the-park as the Giants pummel the Dodgers 16-7. Thompson is the first to do this since Terry Moore hit two for the Cardinals at Forbes Field on this same date in 1939. Don Mueller adds a grand slam. The Giants jump on Erskine in the first inning as 13 of the first 14 batters reach first safely. Sal Maglie is the winner despite giving up two homers good for six runs to Gil Hodges. The win leaves the Dodgers in 3rd place 7 games out and the Giants in 5th 10 games in back of the Phils.
Sep 19, 1949 - At Forbes Field Ralph Kiner hits his 50th homer off Kirby Higbe but the Giants beat the Pirates 6-4. Davey Williams two-run homer in the 10th off Randy Gumbert is the winner. Sheldon Jones picks up the win.
Sep 13, 1949 - For the 2nd time in his career Ralph Kiner hits HRs in 4 consecutive at bats over 2 games. He performed the same feat in 1947. The 2 HRs today are numbers 33 and 34 and the first is a grand slam in the Pirates 6-run first. He has 4 hits altogether good for 6 RBIs as Cliff Chambers beats the Phils 11-6. Kiner's 1949 total will include 25 on the road 29 at Forbes Field 14 of them in the bullpen enclosure still known as Greenberg Gardens. Today's grand slam his 4th of the year ties a ML mark held by 6 players.
Jun 25, 1949 - In a shootout at Forbes Field The Pirates out homer the Dodgers 5-4 but lose the game 17-10. Gil Hodges leads the Flatbushers' 17-hit attack with a cycle that includes two homers triple double and single. The game features 9 home runs one short of the record set August 16 1947.: Kiner and Hodges 2 each Westlake Stevens Restelli Robinson and Furillo The win moves the Dodgers back into first place as the Cards lose.
Sep 3, 1947 - Ewell Blackwell hangs up his 21st win defeating the Pirates 13-6 before an overflow crowd of 37299 at Forbes Field. Blackwell K's 7 of the first 12 batters and 12 overall and is not scored upon till the Reds build a 7-0 lead. He allows just two hits including Ralph Kiner's 41st homer. Eddie Miller and Benny Zientara homer for Cincy.
Sep 3, 1944 - The Pirates take a pair from the Cardinals 6-5 and 8-2 to sweep the 4-game series from St. Louis. For the Cardinals the 4 losses ends their phenomenal ML record of 132 consecutive series without a sweep: the 1903-05 New York Giants are next with 97 straight series without a sweep marks that will not be matched this century. Luke Sewell and Jumbo Strincevich are the complete game winners today handing the Cards their first doubleheader loss this season. Forbes Field hosts the largest Buc crowd this year-34927.
Jul 11, 1944 - At Forbes Field Phil Cavarretta of the Cubs sets an All-Star Game record by reaching base 5 successive times on a triple single and 3 walks as the NL romps 7-1. Ken Raffensberger is the winner over Tex Hughson who gives up four runs in the 5th. The AL manages just six hits-all singles-and five come off Bucky Walters in the first three innings.
Jun 25, 1944 - At Forbes Field the Cards nose out the Pirates 2-1 Red Munger (9-1) then play a 5-5 tie called after 9 innings because of the Blue Law. The Pirates score 3 in the 9th on a pinch homer by Virgil Davis that goes through the screen in front of the RF stands. Cards manager Southworth protests on the basis that the ground rules state that a fair ball sticking in the screen is a double. Beans Reardon rules it penetrated the screen for a HR.
Jun 4, 1943 - At Forbes Field the Pirates hold an 8-7 lead when Vince DiMaggio singles off Giants P Bill Sayles in the bottom of the 8th. With Pete Coscarart at bat the first pitch skips by C Ernie Lombardi who lumbers after the ball as DiMaggio heads for 2B. When Vince sees that Lombardi has yet to reach the ball he continues on to 3B while Sayles shakes his head at how slow his backstop is. With home plated unguarded DiMaggio continues running and scores-from first-on a passed ball. The Bucs win 9-8.
Jul 21, 1942 - At Forbes Field the Monarchs (Negro League) Satchel Paige performs one of his legendary feats. Years earlier Paige told Josh Gibson that one day he would strike him out with the bases loaded. With a man on 2 outs and Gibson 3rd up Paige walks the next 2 Grays to bring Gibson up. Satchel tells the crowd what is going to happen. "Three fastballs Josh" Paige tells him then proceeds to strike him out.
Jun 19, 1942 - At Forbes Field Paul Waner now with the Boston Braves joins Cap Anson and Honus Wagner as the only NL players with 3000 hits with a single off Rip Sewell. Two days earlier Waner's grounder bounced off an infielder's glove and had been ruled a hit. Waner who did not want his 3000th hit to be a tainted one signaled to the scorekeeper that it was an error and the ruling was changed. Bob Elliott hits 2 HRs to help the Pirates win 7-6 in 11 innings.
Apr 22, 1942 - At Pittsburgh Rip Sewell holds the Cubs to 6 hits including an inside-the-park homer by Lou Stringer to give the Pirates a 5-2 win. The homer is the only one the Cubs will hit at Forbes Field this year and on the 27th Stringer will hit the Cubs lone 1942 HR at Cincinnati. Hi Bithorn takes the loss.
Jun 4, 1940 - The Pirates rout the Boston Bees 14-2 in the first night game at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field. 20319 Pirate fans look on.
Aug 16, 1939 - At Forbes Field Cardinal OF Terry Moore belts two homers both inside-the-park in the Cards sweep of the Pirates 4-3 and 3-0. In the next 50 years the only National Leaguer to hit two inside-the-park in a game will be Hank Thompson in 1950.
Jul 10, 1936 - Philadelphia's Chuck Klein hits four HRs in 5 at bats in a 10-inning game at Forbes Field. His final HR on the first pitch in the 10th helps beat the Pirates 9-6 and makes a winner out of Bucky Walters. Except for his three-run homer off Jim Weaver in the 1st all of homers are solo flights. At 36 Klein is the oldest player ever to hit 4 homers in a game and the first National Leaguer in the 20th century to do so.
May 25, 1935 - Babe Ruth has a last hurrah hitting 3 home runs at Pittsburgh. The first shot is hit off Red Lucas while the last two homers come off veteran Guy Bush. The final one the last of his 714 career HRs is the first to clear the RF grandstand at Forbes Field and is measured at 600 feet. With that Ruth sits down in the dugout-Pittsburgh's-next to rookie Mace Brown. Ruth who hit 3 homers in a game just once in the AL (May 21 1930) is the first player to turn this hat trick in both leagues. Ruth lifts himself in the 7th inning finishing the day at 4-for-4 and 6 RBIs. But Ruth's old teammate Waite Hoyt in relief of Bush is the winner as Pittsburgh defeats the hapless Braves 11-7.
May 25, 1935 - [Guy] Bush said 'I never saw a ball hit so hard before or since. He was fat and old but he still had that great swing. Even when he missed you could hear the bat go swish. I can't remember anything about the first home run he hit off me that day. I guess it was just another homer. But I can't forget that last one. It's probably still going. It was unbelievably long completely over the roof of the double-decked stands in right field and out of the park. Nobody had ever hit a ball over the roof in Forbes Field before.' Gus Miller the head usher went to investigate and was told the ball landed on the roof of one house bounced onto another and then into a lot where a boy picked it up and ran off with it. Miller measured the distance from the first house back to home plate and said it was 600 feet. His measurement may have been imprecise but it was still the longest home run ever hit in Pittsburgh.
May 25, 1935 - Forbes Field expert Dan Bonk said in 2002 that the head usher had the wrong address for the Babe blast and that the hit was very close to the foul line. It landed in a yard of a one-story house that today is painted in the blue and yellow Pirate colors.
Jun 30, 1934 - On 25th anniversary of Forbes Field a granite monument to Barney Dreyfuss is unveiled to the left of the exit gate before the start of the Cubs-Pirates match. The Windy City squad wins 4-2 behind Bill Lee the 8th straight win for the Cubs.
May 7, 1932 - A rare dual league doubleheader takes place at Forbes Field. In the first game the Pirates play the Phillies losing 5-3. In the nitecap the local Negro League Homestead Grays take on the Philadelphia Hilldales.
Sep 22, 1931 - In a 13-inning game at Forbes Field Hal Finney Pirates C has no putouts in a 3-2 win over Philadelphia. Paul Waner draws 5 walks and 20 runners are left on base as Heine Meine wins his 19th game to tie for the lead in the NL.
Apr 24, 1931 - Rogers Hornsby player/manager of the Chicago Cubs strokes 3 consecutive HRs and drives in 8 runs to beat the Pirates at Forbes Field 10-6. He's the 7th major leaguer to accomplish the feat and the 6th in the past 8 years. He is the 2nd Cub to drive in 8 or more runs in a game: Zimmerman knocked in 9 in a 1911 game.
Sep 6, 1930 - At Forbes Field the Cubs overcome a 12-8 Pirate lead after 7 innings by scoring 4 runs in the 8th and 6 in the 9th to outshoot the Pirates 19-14. Wilson hits his 47th homer to keep the Cubs in 1st place in the NL race.
Sep 22, 1927 - Before a capacity crowd of 37000 at Forbes Field the first place Pirates hold off the 2nd place Giants by splitting a doubleheader. The Pirates win the first game 5-2 behind Ray Kremer and the Giants take the nitecap 2-0 behind Fred Fitzsimmons. Rogers Hornsby managing the team in the absence of McGraw hits a 2-run homer his 26th to account for the scoring in the second game. He also homers in the opener. Hornsby (.361) is 2nd to Paul Waner (.384) in hitting in the NL. Lloyd Waner (.352) is 3rd.
Jun 3, 1927 - Paul Waner of Pittsburgh homers off Claude Willoughby of the Phils in a 11-1 rout at Forbes Field. Wright and Grantham also homer as Vic Aldridge allows the visitors just one hit till the 9th inning. For Waner his homer is the start of a NL record 14 straight games in which he'll have at least one long hit (12 doubles 5 triples 3 HR).
May 30, 1925 - Between games today Rogers Hornsby is named manager of the Cardinals by Sam Breadon replacing Branch Rickey who remains as general manager. An angry Rickey will sell his shares in the team to Hornsby. St. Louis in last place drops two games to Pittsburgh losing 4-1 in the morning and 15-5 in the P.M. contest despite two homers by the new manager. Playing in front of an overflow crowd at spacious Forbes Field the Pirates sets a modern NL record by stroking 8 triples in the 2nd game; the Cards tally one for a combined record-tying 9 triples. The normal rules about balls hit into the crowds being ground-rule doubles is expanded to make them triples today: eight of the three-baggers are ground-rule triples.
Jun 29, 1922 - In an 8-5 Cardinals win over host Pittsburgh Rogers Hornsby connects for a home run between the RF bleachers and the scoreboard. He is the first slugger to put one out there at Forbes Field.
Jul 17, 1914 - At Forbes Field, Rube Marquard and Babe Adams each go a marathon 21 innings before Larry Doyle’s 2-run HR gives the Giants a 3–1 win over the Pirates. Adams yields no walks and 12 hits, the longest non-walk game in ML history. Marquard walks 2 (one intentional) and yields 15 hits. In the 6th, Honus Wagner goes from first to 3B on a hit by Jim Viox. When New York CF Bob Bescher throws to 3B Milt Stock, the ball bounces out of his hands and disappears. Wagner scores before it's discovered that the ball bounced up under his arm and stayed there as he ran home. Wagner is called out for interference, and the Bucs protest. Manager Fred Clarke is then ejected by umpire Bill "Lord" Byron. Legend provides a fitting ending to this unusual game as Giants OF Red Murray is knocked unconscious by a bolt of lightning after catching a ﬂy ball for the final out. Murray is uninjured. This is an expanded tale based on Murray’s catch in an August 1909 game. Marquard's win is his last in 1914. He will lose 10 straight on his way to a 12–22 record.
Jun 14, 1913 - At Forbes Field Christy Mathewson allows 7 hits including a homer by Owen Wilson but holds on to beat the Bucs 6-5. Hank Robinson takes the loss. The Giants sweep the 3-game series.
Aug 22, 1912 - Before a sellout crowd of 27000 at Forbes Field the Pirates sweep two from the Giants winning 3-2 and 8-6. Howie Camnitz outpitches Mathewson in the opener and Rube Marquard taking the loss in the nitecap. The Bucs are led by Honus Wagner who goes 3-for-4 in the first game and hits for the cycle in the nitecap. Honus' 7 hits total 14 bases he scores 5 runs drives in 4 and swipes 2 bases. Wagner will hit 7 homers this season with 3 coming off Rube.
Sep 16, 1911 - At Forbes Field Rube Marquard with relief from Mathewson beats the Pirates 6-2. Before the game the Giants mascot Victory Faust strikes out Honus Wagner on three pitches to the delight of the 20000 fans.
Aug 22, 1910 - At Forbes Field the Pirates beat up on the new cork-center ball. Three HRs are hit by pitcher Howie Camnitz Vin Campbell and Honus Wagner against the Phillies in the fourth inning of game two. Camnitz's pop is the only one of his career. Old pro Wagner is 7-for-7 with 2 homers during the doubleheader sweep including 3 doubles to go with his homer in the nitecap. The Bucs win 6-5 and 8-4.
Sep 18, 1909 - In Pittsburgh Vic Willis stops Brooklyn on just one hit a topped roller in the 3rd inning by Zack Wheat. It will be the closest ever to a no-hitter by any pitcher at Forbes Field. Pittsburgh wins 6-0.
Aug 16, 1909 - New York and Pittsburgh play to a 2-2 tie stopped after 8 innings because of a drenching downpour. Off Christy Mathewson Ham Hyatt hits his 3rd pinch triple of the year a record that won't be matched till 1970. Outfielder Red Murray prevents a loss for Matty with one of the greatest catches ever seen at Forbes Field. With two outs and two on Dots Miller belts a long line drive off Matty into the growing darkness. With everyone straining to follow the ball a bolt of lightening flashes and Murray is seen making a bare-handed grab on the dead run to end the inning. Bill Klem then calls the game.
Jun 30, 1909 - Chicago's Ed Reulbach spoils Pittsburgh's dedication of Forbes Field before 30338 allowing 3 hits and beating Vic Willis 3-2. A parade of old-time players precedes the game. The Pirates will draw 98000 fans including 41000 on July 5 in their first five home games.
Jun 29, 1909 - Playing their last game in Exposition Park the Pirates score 4 runs in the first inning off Mordecai Brown and sail to an 8-1 win over Chicago. Lefty Leifield is the winner. Tomorrow the Pirates will move to Forbes Field named after British General John Forbes who captured Ft. Duquesne during the French and Indian Wars.