A View from the Bench: Baseball Litigation and the Steel City

By John Racanelli

This article was published in the 2018 The National Pastime.

Long before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court paved the way in 1966 for the construction of the ballpark that would replace venerable Forbes Field, the courts played a vital role in shaping Pittsburgh’s baseball history. Here are some stories of Pittsburgh baseball in the courts. “Hardly anything in America symbolizes a large city more than its National or American League baseball team. To take the Pittsburgh baseball team out of Pittsburgh would be to deprive its people of the opportunity for a spontaneous outburst of civic pride, for . . .

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