Flashback: Massive earthquake interrupts 1989 World Series

Candlestick Park looked very little like a baseball environment after the quake hit.

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On Oct. 17, 1989, the sports world was awaiting the first pitch of Game 3 of the Bay Area World Series between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park.

But then the real world terrifyingly interrupted.

Al Michaels and Tim McCarver were welcoming the TV audience to the park and recapping the previous two games when Michaels announced they were experiencing an earthquake. And it was devastating. The Loma Prieta earthquake — registering at 6.9 on Richter Scale — destroyed bridges and highways, killed more than 60 people and injured thousands of others.

The damage at Candlestick Park was minimal, though the scene was surreal. Players were joined by their families on the field, and emergency vehicles were parked in foul territory. And, obviously, the game was postponed as sports took a backseat in the tragedy.

Game 3 eventually was played 10 days later, and the A’s outslugged the Giants 13-7 for a 3-0 series lead. The next night, the A’s finished the sweep at Candlestick Park.