On Location: Forbes Field

A monthly look at Pittsburgh’s starring role in the movies.
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It can be difficult to imagine a Major League stadium in the middle of modern-day Oakland; in such a busy neighborhood, where did the Pittsburgh Pirates fit?

For a vivid answer, turn to “Angels in the Outfield,” the 1951 baseball comedy starring Paul Douglas as the long-suffering manager of the error-prone Buccos. As the Pirates get a heavenly assist — and Douglas is reformed by a young journalist played by Janet Leigh — numerous scenes filmed at Forbes Field showcase the bygone ballpark and its location in the heart of Oakland.

You’ll see the Cathedral of Learning tower over the grandstand; eagle-eyed viewers will spot landmarks such as Phipps Conservatory and the Carnegie Museums in the background, as well. A ’90s remake of the film traded the Pirates for the Los Angeles Angels (appropriate, we suppose), but Pittsburgh got a consolation prize: The 1994 version received its world premiere at Three Rivers Stadium.

“Angels in the Outfield” is available via digital on-demand services including Amazon and Apple.

Watch the trailer⇓


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