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Three Rivers Stadium imploded, 15 years ago today

Three Rivers Stadium, which hosted no-hitters by Bob Gibson, John Candelaria and Francisco Cordova/Ricardo Rincon, was imploded 15 years ago today.

The Pirates made Three Rivers the team’s home from 1970 through 2000, and the ballpark fared much better in no-nos than the Bucs’ previous home. Forbes Field, the Pirates’ home from 1909 through 1970, never hosted a no-hitter.

Here are the no-hitters thrown at Three Rivers Stadium:

1 Bob Gibson
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Saturday, August 14, 1971
St. Louis Cardinals 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)
2 John Candelaria
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Monday, August 9, 1976
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)
3 Francisco Cordova (9 inn.)
Ricardo Rincon (1 inn.)
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Saturday, July 12, 1997
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Houston Astros 0 (10 innings)
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)

Here’s the implosion: