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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
At the confluence


  • Three Rivers Stadium's name is derived from its location where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers join to form the Ohio River.

  • July 1, 1970 -
    The Pirates suffered a 3-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in Three Rivers' opener. That was the same score and result when the Pirates opened Forbes Field against the Chicago Cubs.

  • August 9, 1970 -
    Willie Stargell was the first player to hit a home run into stadium's upper deck, which is 70 feet high. It went 469 feet to right field off the Mets' Ron Taylor. Only nine other players have accomplished the feat. Stargell hit the upper deck four times, the most of any player. The only other player to hit the upper deck more than once was Jeff Bagwell, who did it twice. Bobby Bonilla and Bob Robertson are the only other Pirates to hit the upper deck.

  • October 3, 1970 -
    The stadium hosted the first MLB playoff game ever played on artificial turf. Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0.

  • August 14, 1971 -
    The Cardinals' Bob Gibson became the first opposing pitcher in history to no-hit the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

  • October 13, 1971
    The Bucs defeat the Orioles, 4-3, in the first night World Series game ever.

  • September 30, 1972 -
    Roberto Clemente doubled off the Mets' Jon Matlack to record his 3,000th major league hit.

  • December 23, 1972 -
    Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" of a Terry Bradshaw pass edges Oakland, 13-7, for the Steelers' first playoff win.

  • July 23, 1974 - In the stadium's first All-Star Game, Pirate Ken Brett gets the win in a National League victory.

  • January 4, 1976 -
    The Steelers capture their second straight AFC crown, again eliminating Oakland, 16-10.

  • August 9, 1976 -
    John Candelaria shuts down the Dodgers, 2-0, to become the first Pirate to pitch a no-hitter in Pittsburgh since 1907.

  • January 7, 1979 -
    The Steelers clinch a third appearance in the Super Bowl with a 34-5 blowout of Houston.

  • October 14, 1979 -
    Down three games to one in the World Series, the Pirates start their winning comeback behind veteran Jim Rooker with a 7-1 defeat of Baltimore.

  • January 6, 1980 -
    The Steelers make it four AFC Championships in four tries with a 27-13 victory over Houston.

  • May 3, 1985 -
    Long-time Pirates' voice Bob Prince returns to the microphone to call a nine-run inning as the Bucs bounce the Dodgers, 16-2.

  • October 7, 1990
    A statue honoring Steelers founder Arthur J. Rooney is dedicated outside Gate D.

  • September 27, 1991
    The Pirates clinch their third consecutive division crown by defeating the Mets, 4-2.

  • July 12, 1994
    The National League ends a string of All-Star Game losses with a 10-inning victory at Three Rivers Stadium. A statue of Roberto Clemente is dedicated outside Gate A.

  • January 14, 1996
    The Steelers survive a last second Hail Mary pass to beat the Indianapolis Colts 16-14 in the AFC Championship Game and advance to their fifth Super Bowl appearance.

  • July 12, 1997
    Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon pitch the first extra-inning, combined no-hitter in major league baseball history, in a 3-0, 10th inning win over the Houston Astros.





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