Two of 114 plaques that adorned arches surrounding Forbes Field, which was built in 1909 by then-owner Barney Dreyfuss, are being auctioned after years in storage.
They are two terra cotta plaques– 53 inches across and a part of baseball history.
Ed Dombrowski got the plaques when the old stadium was brought down and originally hoped to use them as a fireplace mantel. They proved to be too big and have been in storage ever since.
The retired scientist hoped to donate or sell them to the Pirates. The club wasn’t interested—and he couldn’t get them into the All Star auction in July. Now, they’ll be auctioned off with more than 1,000 items of baseball memorabilia at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Kentucky on Nov. 10-11.
Earlier this summer, though, it seemed like he was hoping to keep them in Pittsburgh.