Bauder: Pirates fans gather at Forbes Field site to re-live Game 7 of the 1960 World Series

From Bob Bauder at the Pittsburgh Tribune on October 13, 2019, with mention of SABR members George Skornickel, John Urso, and Herb Soltman:

Good luck shined on Bill Tingle before Game 7 of the 1960 World Series.

Tingle, 102, of Lower Burrell said a co-worker had tickets to the game at Forbes Field in Oakland, but was so disappointed at the Pirates performance during the first six games that he didn’t want to go.

Tingle got the tickets.

“He saw the first three (home) games and was so disgusted with the scores of the games that he gave the tickets to his boy,” said Tingle, who went to the game with his late wife, Annetta. “His boy couldn’t get off work, so he gave me the tickets. That’s how I got the tickets to the game, right over first base. It was quite a game.”

Bill Mazeroski smacked a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the heavily favored New York Yankees, 10-9.

It’s arguably the most dramatic play in Pittsburgh sports history.

Pirates fans gather each year on the Oct. 13 anniversary at what remains of the Forbes Field outfield wall to hear a taped radio broadcast of the game and relive the dramatic moment. The tradition began in 1985 when the late Saul Finkelstein of Squirrel Hill showed up alone and listened to it at the old stadium flag pole next to the red brick wall.

More and more people showed up each year as word spread.

A group calling themselves the Game 7 Gang, have kept the tradition going since 2007.

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Originally published: October 14, 2019. Last Updated: October 14, 2019.