Forbes Field: Ahead of Its Time in 1909

By Robert C. Trumpbour

This article was published in the 2018 The National Pastime.

Many people regard Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field, home of the Pirates from 1909 to 1970, as a quaint, simple ballpark. Some might even consider Forbes Field’s design reflective of an old-fashioned and bygone era. Nevertheless, its construction was very much rooted in embracing modernity. Forbes Field inspired other sports entrepreneurs to embrace more permanent, luxurious, and ambitious projects, leading to the rise of increasingly opulent sports facilities throughout the nation. Forbes Field on Opening Day in 1909. (COURTESY OF THE PITTSBURGH . . .

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