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Forbes Field soon after its opening, Pittsburgh, PA, July 5, 1909.
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Photograph of the Field in the background and a crowd of people walking, horse drawn wagons and other vehicles stretching far into the foreground on a road that leads to the field.

Credit: Courtesy from the collection of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Constructed in 1909 for $1million, Forbes Field was the first ballpark constructed entirely of poured concrete and steel. Blasted by critics for being too expensive, too large–it had a then huge seating capacity of 25,000–and too far from downtown, the field was loved by Pittsburgh sports fans. It would serve as the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1909 to 1970.

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