Saturday, August 08, 2015
Growing up, I was a real baseball fan. I loved watching games on TV with my dad, and once in a rare while we were able to go to see games played live. "Bat night" and "cap night" were my favorites! While my ardor for the game has cooled over the years, I still get a kick out of stuff having to do with vintage baseball. Like classic stadiums!
This first photo is from 1962, and shows a happy gent standing in front of Cleveland Municipal Stadium, also known as Lakefront Stadium - home of the Cleveland Indians. It opened in 1931, and, because it was located near Lake Erie, was famous for bitter cold winds, or (alternately) swarms of mayflies and midges. The Indians won the 1948 World Series here. The stadium was demolished in 1996, and pieces of the concrete were placed in the lake to form an artificial reef.
Next comes this view (circa 1968) of Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, PA - home of the Pirates! Forbes Field was first constructed in 1909, and it was one of the first to be built with steel and concrete (instead of sugar cubes and Elmer's glue). The Pirates won 3 World Series here (1909, 1925, and 1960). The stadium was closed in 1970, and demolished in 1971, replaced by Three Rivers Stadium - which has also been demolished!
I couldn't help thinking of this famous photo from LIFE magazine! "University of Pittsburgh students cheer as they look down on Forbes Field from the top of their campus' Cathedral of Learning during the 1960 World Series between the Pirates and the Yankees. In Game 7, Bill Mazeroski hit the first walk-off home run in World Series history, a shot over the left-field fence that gave the Pirates a 10-9 win".