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|ALL THINGS PITTSBURGH
|In 1960, Pittsburgh ushered in the new decade by shocking the world with an improbable win over the vaunted New
York Yankees with the biggest home run in baseball history, "Maz's Blast." Despite losses that included the lopsided
scores of 16-3, 10-0 & 12-0 during the series, the Pirates prevailed in Game Seven. Hal Smith came to bat in the bottom
of the eighth with two outs, two runners on base, and the Pirates trailing by a score of 7–6. With two strikes, Smith hit
a dramatic three-run home run off Jim Coates to give the Pirates a 9–7 lead. His home run electrified the Forbes Field
crowd, who thought his blast would win the World Series for the Pirates. However, his hit would be overshadowed: the
Yankees then battled back to tie the game at nine in the top of the ninth, leading to Bill Mazeroski's walk-off homer to
win the Series in the bottom of the inning.
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PHOTO RESTORATION DONE BY THE STEELCACTUS FOUNDATION
ADDITIONAL VERBIAGE BY THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
|THE PIRATES WIN THE 1960 WORLD SERIES!
University of Pittsburgh students cheer wildly from atop the school's Cathedral of Learning as they watch the
Pittsburgh Pirates win their first World Series in 35 years (against the Yankees), Oct. 13, 1960.
|MAZ FOR PRESIDENT
Mazeroski won the title for
Pittsburgh in Game 7 with a
game-winning home run off
New York Yankees pitcher
Ralph Terry in the bottom of
the ninth inning. A
14-year-old fan named Andy
Jerpe retrieved the ball
outside the ground and had
it signed by Mazeroski, but it
was later lost when used in
|The Renaissance Continues
Construction workers and other spectators watch as the first car, a vintage model reminiscent of the days when the South Hills suburb of Pittsburgh was being
developed, enters the new Fort Pitt Tunnels. Seated directly behind the unidentified man in the front passenger’s seat is Mayor Joseph Barr and behind him,
waving his hat, is Governor David L. Lawrence, one of the major forces behind the Renaissance of Pittsburgh.
|FORT PITT TUNNELS
Preparations are underway for the completion of the Fort Pitt Tunnels connecting
Banksville Road in the South Hills suburb of Pittsburgh with the Fort Pitt Bridge
leading into downtown Pittsburgh. The 3,600-foot-long tunnels were completed in
1960. Here trucks pour concrete for the paving of the tunnel floor.
Left: Description of this Point Park concept drawing
reads, “Trilon proposed by David A. Wallace, City
Planner and Architect, Baltimore, Md. at PRPA
annual dinner meeting January 23, 1961.” The trilon
was never built; instead city planners placed a
fountain at Point State Park.
Above: Pictured is a concept drawing of the Point in
downtown Pittsburgh by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Commissioned by department store owner Edgar J.
Kaufmann, Wright designed a circular structure
thirteen levels high and one-fifth of a mile in
diameter, with a spiral auto ramp four and a half
miles long. This plan was never approved, however
Wright’s idea for a fountain at the Point and for twin
bridges crossing the Monongahela and Allegheny
Rivers were adopted.
|The Allegheny Market House was located on the corner of Federal and East
Ohio Streets in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood. The market, which opened
in 1863, was a forerunner of the present-day supermarket in that a variety of
food and other products could be purchased in the stalls that were occupied by
individual concessionaires. The market house building covered an area of 200
feet on each side, and it was designed to be spacious, airy, and well lighted by
arched windows, doorways, and portholes. World War II, post-war suburban
growth, inadequate parking, and the proliferation of the supermarket led to the
market house’s demise. In 1966 the structure was razed to make way for
|A view from inside the Grandview Park Overlook in Pittsburgh's Mount Washington neighborhood.
Downtown Pittsburgh and the Monongahela River can be seen in the distance.
The Civic Arena, located in the heart of the Lower Hill District section of Pittsburgh,
had its origins in the late 1940s, with Edgar Kaufmann’s enthusiasm for summer opera.
|Dotted lines from the upper left to center show the proposed
path of the Fort Pitt Tunnels, which would speed traffic
headed for Pittsburgh on Banksville Road from the South
Hills suburb of Pittsburgh into the Golden Triangle. In the
lower right is the partially completed traffic interchange at
the south portal of the tunnels. To the left is the West End
with the West End Bypass already completed, and to the right
is Route 51 South leading to West Liberty Avenue and then
to Brentwood and Pleasant Hills. Shown in the distance on
the other side of Mount Washington is downtown Pittsburgh.
The 3,600-foot-long, twin-tube structure was dedicated on
September 1, 1960.
|1963 - A view from Pittsburgh's Mount Washington neighborhood of the Point
and Gateway Center showing the Point Bridge (right foreground) spanning the
Monongahela River, the Fort Pitt Bridge (right background), and the Manchester
Bridge (left foreground), with the new Fort Duquesne Bridge immediately behind
it spanning the Allegheny River. The Gateway Towers apartment Building (left
center) is still under construction. Both the Point Bridge and the Manchester
Bridge were demolished in 1970.
|SAYING GOODBYE TO SOME FAMILIAR SIGHTS
|The Knoxville Incline was built in 1890 and was located in Pittsburgh's
South Side neighborhood. The incline was designed with an 18-degree curve
and had the longest track ever built in Pittsburgh at 2,644 feet. It was the
second incline in Pittsburgh with a curved track. The Knoxville Incline’s route
went from South 11th Street to Warrington Avenue and then to Knoxville
Avenue. The incline’s huge cars, designed by John M. McRoberts, were large
enough to carry cars or heavy freight. The Knoxville Incline was dismantled in
|The Civic Arena, located in the heart of the Lower Hill District section of
Pittsburgh, was designed by the architectural firm of Mitchell & Ritchey and the
engineering firm of Ammann & Whitney and Robert Zern. The Civic Arena opened
in 1962 with a stainless steel dome 415 feet in diameter (the world’s largest at
the time) composed of eight sections that are supported by a cantilevered tripod
that holds six of the sections when they are swiveled back. Each of the sections
weighs 220 tons; all six can be opened in a little over two minutes. The entire
movable roof weighs 5.5 million pounds. The capacity of the building at the time
of its construction was 18,000. Pittsburgh companies were integral to its
construction, with the dome sections made by ALCOA, the motors for the
retractable dome by Westinghouse, and the ventilation system by Koppers.
|MAKING THE WAY FOR THE NEW
|United States Steel Building
Behind the three small buildings near the center is the intersection of 6th
Avenue and Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh. In the background (left) is the
William Penn Hotel and to the hotel’s right are the H.K. Poster Building and the
First Lutheran Church on Grant Street. The entire area in the center of the
photo, including the three buildings, was to later become the site of the United
States Steel Building, later named the USX Tower, Pittsburgh’s tallest
|The buildings (foreground) were located at the corner of Sixth Avenue (left) and Liberty Avenue
(right) in downtown Pittsburgh. On the far left is the Grogan Building at the corner of Sixth
Avenue and Wood Street, home of the Grogan Jewelry Company. All of the buildings in the
foreground (including the Grogan Building) were demolished in mid to late 1960's to make way for
what became Oliver Plaza, subsequently renamed PNC Plaza. Three skyscrapers were built here
with a park-like plaza between Liberty Avenue and Wood Street.
|Construction of the Equitable Life Assurance Life Society’s
newest skyscraper office building located at Gateway Center in
downtown Pittsburgh. The $16 million, 22-story structure was
designed by the architectural firm of Harrison & Abramovitz.
The exterior of the building consists of 232 tons of stainless
steel mullions in combination with green glass. Construction
of the building was completed in early 1960.