The Earthquake Game was a college football game in which the crowd reaction after an important play registered on a seismograph. Those viewing the nationally televised game from their living rooms heard ABC sports announcer Al Michaels utter the disconcerting cliffhanger, “There’s an earth …” before the picture suddenly went black. There was only minor damage to the stadium, however extensive damage occured … The chance of another historic-level earthquake to occur during any MLB game, let alone a World Series game, is about zero. Then the A’s would complete the sweep by winning the next two games 13-7 and 9-6. ... As a kid I attended my first MLB game at the tender age of 6. The 1989 World Series will always be overshadowed by the Loma Prieta earthquake, which struck just before Game 3, but the Battle of the Bay was full … After the immediate danger passed, fans cheered wildly amid the chaos. Oakland needed only two more games to clinch the Series in a straight sweep, and respectfully refrained from locker room celebrations. Between 1900 and 1989, there were nine earthquakes with a magnitude above 6.0 in the region, and just one at 6.9 or above, according to official U.S. records. 4 Auburn 7–6. A squadron of police cars streamed onto the baseball diamond to assess the damage and keep fans off the field. Players, coaches and the media joined Clark, Voltaggio and the four other umpires — Eric Gregg, Rich Garcia, Paul Runge and Dutch Rennert — on the field. Baseball fans in attendance at this point were still standing and looking around and surveying the damage. Unlike the aftermath of the earthquake 30 years ago, though, baseball moved on without delay. With thousands of fans already in Candlestick Park for the 5:35 pm first pitch, the stadium began to rumble a little after five, and it didn’t take long before the locals figured out what was happening … earthquake! As is, the earthquake resulted in 63 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries around Northern California. At 5:04 p.m, the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta Earthquake began and lasted about 15 seconds, causing major structural damage along a wide swath of land. But this season, baseball received its closest brush with what happened in 1989. There was talk of playing the remaining games in Los Angeles. A "Monday Night Football" game scheduled to be shown on ABC, the same channel offering the World Series, could have forced a rare day game for Game 5. Oct 27, 1989, Attendance: 62038, Time of Game: 3:03. Sign up. Watch fullscreen. Had the A’s not swept and prevented the series from heading back to Oakland, there would have been several potential conflicts. It's the 1989 Earthquake in the Bay area that put a temporary stop to the World Series -- but did much worse damage elsewhere. It ravaged the Bay … 9:49. The ‘89 World Series was most known for the Loma Prieta earthquake, which hit minutes before Game 3 causing significant damage to both Oakland and San Francisco. Watch this Clip of a the first US Broadcast to Capture an Earthquake's initial Jolt. “You’re walking along the city filled with broken glass. Played in front of a crowd of 79,431 at Louisiana State University's Tiger Stadium on October 8, 1988, the LSU Tigers upset No. Every usher at Candlestick Park was given a flashlight, and FBI agents were brought to the stadium to assist potential relief efforts, according to a New York Times report from that month. “The people in the stands thought this was an omen to turn the World Series around,” recalled Clark. Note: This article is archival in nature. There was talk of canceling the rest of the World Series altogether. Ultimately, Game 3 took place 10 days later on Oct. 27. My wife (Janet) had this little flashlight in her pocketbook, and we used that to get (around).”. Thirty years ago this week I was sitting in the upper deck of Candlestick Park in San Francisco awaiting the start of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series when a 6.9-magnitude earthquake stopped everything. Just prior to game 3 on Oct. 17th, the Loma Prieta earthquake (magnitude 7.1) struck the San Francisco/Oakland area. The 86th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff played between the American League (AL) champion Oakland Athletics and the National League (NL) champion San Francisco Giants. 1989 World Series game 3, Loma Prieta earthquake tribute. Halfdressed and perplexed, Clark stood in the middle of San Francisco’s Candlestick Park (now 3-Com Park) and watched the tranquil, well-groomed blades of grass rise and fall like an angry ocean tide. The article is made available for educational use by individuals. A lot of the windows had been broken. The quake struck with a moment magnitude of 6.9 on October 17, just before the start of the third game of the World Series, which was being held at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. The shaken Series Thirty years ago, on Oct. 17, 1989, the A’s and Giants were preparing for Game 3 of the World Series when the Loma Prieta earthquake struck. Players scanned the bleachers for their wives and children, waving them down. It was 5:04 p.m. PDT on Oct. 17, 1989, and Clark, then an AL umpire, was 21 minutes from working game three of the 86th World Series — featuring the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics — when Mother Nature flexed her muscles, ravaging the Bay area with an earthquake that measured 7.1 on the Richter scale. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Thirty years ago, more than 60,000 fans at Candlestick Park awaited the start of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series. He left, and I was in there by myself when it hit. An Earthquake Registering 6.9 On The Richter Scale Brought The Bay Area & The World Series To A Screeching Halt! The Oakland Athletics won the American League West division by seven games over the Kansas City Royals then defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, four games to one, in the American League Championship Series. The Series ran from October 14 through October 28, with the Athletics sweeping the Giants in four games. When the 1989 San Francisco quake hit, baseball stopped as a city tended to its wounds. Saturday, October 17th 2020, 6:03 am - The 1989 World Series will forever be one to remember, thanks to a powerful earthquake that struck during Game 3. Library. The duration of the heaviest shaking in the Santa Cruz Mountains was about 15 seconds, but strong ground motion recordings revealed that the duration of shaking was not uniform throughout the affected area (due to different types and thicknesses of soil). Referee, the world’s original sports officiating magazine, educates, challenges and inspires officials at all levels. It was almost like an optical illusion.”. The Loma Prieta earthquake was named for Loma Prieta Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains, which lies just to the east of the mainshock epicenter. Game 3 of the 1989 World Series was a few minutes from starting when the Loma Prieta earthquake rocked Northern California. Please try again. Because one natural disaster had already shaken the series, there weren’t any chances taken for whether one happened again. 70+ Free Officiating Video Sessions Available On Demand – WATCH NOW! The four-game … 1989 World Series Game 3 Earthquake TicketThe 1989 World Series game 3 San Francisco Giants Full ticket played at Candlestick Park is worth about $40. “He was masterful in his thought process of waiting and deciding not to move the Series.”. Search. Visit Baseball-Reference.com for the complete box score, play-by-play, and win probability https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c1/a0/candlestick-101619-getty-ftr_pae8zf71xm8g12yqesvpz0wcy.jpg?t=-668922035&w=500&quality=80, How the Nationals went from punchline to pennant winner in 15 days. Remarkably though, Bay area residents were eager to restart. People tuning in for Game 3 on TVs around the U.S. watched chaos unfold in real time, the pregame broadcast turning to fuzz as Al Michaels in the background could be heard exclaiming about there being an earthquake. The 1989 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 1989 season. They had won the first two games 5-0 and 5-1 respectively. “But they always remember the quake. Oakland ace Dave Stewart became the first pitcher in history to collect two victories in the same season in the League Championship Series and World Series, and the Athletics finally realized their potential as one of the finest teams of that era. Sixty-three people died, and nearly 3,800 were injured. “There was a lot of commotion,” said Voltaggio, who retired in 1995 with a pair of bad knees after 24 years in the majors. “Fay Vincent did an absolutely fabulous job putting baseball on the back burner and allowing the Bay area to settle itself,” Clark said. MLB Tonight takes a look back at the 1989 World Series, when an earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay area before Game 3 And a Rolling Stones concert slated for the Coliseum could have chopped down the crew's preparation window for the event, significantly upping costs. The game was postponed out of concerns for the safety of everyone in the ballpark as well as the loss of power, with commissioner Fay Vincent later saying that he did not know when play would resume. The baseball field came to life under Al Clark’s feet. Report. Three takeaways from that single event … If not for the imminent contest between the A’s and Giants, traffic on the collapsing Nimitz Freeway and Bay Bridge span could have been far worse, potentially increasing the amount of casualties. After he left, (ESPN analyst Chris Berman) came in and spent a few minutes. “He had come into the locker room with his entourage. ''God forbid anything happens,” then-San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos said at the time, “but if anything happens, this will be the safest place to be.''. Photograph taken October 17, 1989 just 2 or 3 minutes after a 7.1 earthquake. The debate about whether to resume, cancel or relocate the World Series became a moral — and safety — issue embraced by the nation. Dubbed The "Loma Prieta Earthquake" As The Epicenter Was Located Near The Loma Prieta Peak In The Santa Cruz Mountains Approximately 85 Miles Away The World Series Game 3 Was Brought To A Terrifying Halt. Vic Voltaggio, the AL umpire scheduled to work the plate that day, sat in a locker room directly across the hall from Clark when he was knocked off a bench by the quake, which lasted 15 seconds and was felt as far south as San Diego. Copyright © 2020 Referee Enterprises Inc. We won't send you spam. “It was a strange situation,” said Voltaggio, 60. Once the airport re-opened two days later, Clark flew home to Newton, Pa., to await further instructions. The collective affection for baseball may have saved lives. Around 7:00 p.m., the stadium had all but emptied. The chance of another historic-level earthquake to occur during any MLB game, let alone a World Series game, is about zero. 1989 World Series Oakland Athletics (4) vs San Francisco Giants (0) The final Fall Classic of the 1980's is not remembered for the games that took place within the two bay area ballparks. MORE: How the Nationals went from punchline to pennant winner in 15 days. Log in. But it was an unlikely participant that monopolized the newspaper headlines. World Series Game 3 between the Giants and Athletics was not replayed until two weeks later, Oakland swept the series 4-0. And let’s face it: It was only a baseball game.”. I was taken to see the Amazing 1969 New York Mets and since I grew up near NYC the METS became my team as a child. The applause abruptly halted when word of the ever-increasing death count spread like a brushfire through the crowd. “I saw that ESPN was still telecasting — their trucks had their own generators,” said Clark. All of a sudden, we heard a loud roar that sounded like a locomotive. Playing next. Clumps of strangers huddled around portable television sets to watch live news reports at sites like the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which partially collapsed. I don’t think (the fans) really knew the extent of damage.”. There was an error submitting your subscription. There was a 10-day delay after the earthquake before they ended up playing game 3. Everything we send is officiating specific because that's all we do. I saw the earth swell,” Clark, 53, recalls. Browse more videos. Success! 5 years ago | 27 views. “I went up to one of the producers and told them I would go on their broadcast and talk about the situation if they would let me use their phone to call my wife (Diane) in Pennsylvania.”. The police officers — 70 in all — attempted to flush the fans from the stadium. 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The Oakland A’s dominated the 1989 World Series both before and after the earthquake. Padres left-hander Eric Lauer threw a strike as the stadium shook. The earthquake was nicknamed the World Series Earthquake because it occurred just before a World Series baseball game was scheduled to begin in Candlestick Park. The producer obliged, and Clark provided ESPN with a few sound bites before negotiating his way to a hotel under a blanket of darkness in a city devoid of electricity. I had shower shoes, long johns and a long-sleeved shirt on, and I ran directly onto the field. Voltaggio had retired to a nearby hotel, but Clark, who had altered his original plan of spending the night in the umpire’s dressing room, was arranging for some emergency communication. The San Francisco Giants won the National League West division by three games over the San Diego Padres then defeated the Chicago Cubs, four games to one, in the National League Championship Series. Then-MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent made the decision in conjunction with city, stadium and other baseball officials to postpone the Series for 10 days — the only time a series has been interrupted for anything other than inclement weather. Due to the destructive nature of this earthquake, the game was postponed and the series did not resume for ten days. Oakland Athletics beat San Francisco Giants (13-7). But I think the people of San Francisco wanted it to continue, almost as a healing project.”. “I think most people thought they were going to cancel the World Series,” said Voltaggio, now a resident of Spring Hill, Fla. “By and large, that’s what the attitude was. The third game of the series was scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. Subscribe to get the Referee.com Review every week plus periodic free training and special offers on the sports you officiate. “Within about a half-hour, it was almost a carnival-type atmosphere. Not knowing if the walls were going to come crumbling down, the safest place was on the field.”. “I had just finished talking to Fay Vincent,” said Voltaggio. “I’ll tell people that I worked the Earthquake Series and they don’t remember who was playing,” said Rennert, 69, and now retired. Of course, Game 3 of this World Series is not remembered so much for what happened on the field as for the tragedy that delayed the contest a full week and a half. “I saw the field at Candlestick in an actual water wave. Map of the 1989 San Francisco–Oakland earthquake (also known as the Loma Prieta earthquake). The odds of one of Northern California’s biggest earthquakes striking at that particular moment were incredibly long. The walls were waving. Many more watched from their Bay Area homes.Â. Now check your email to confirm your subscription to the Referee.com Review. Just prior to the game, at 5:04 p.m., with live cameras on the field, a … The tremor shattered windows, violently shook the stadium along with the 60,000-plus fans in attendance and, in the end, killed 67 people in other parts of the city and caused billions of dollars worth of damage to the area. Many called for the cancellation of the Series, claiming San Francisco needed time to recuperate and mourn its dead. It was the first World Series sweep since 1976, when the Cincinnati Reds swept the New York Yankees. The 1989 World Series will forever be one to remember, thanks to a powerful earthquake that struck during Game 3. The Giants entered the game trailing the Series, 2-0. ... 1989 World Series game 3, Loma Prieta earthquake tribute. There has only been one World Series pitting Oakland against San Francisco. Twelve days after game two, on Oct. 29, the World Series continued after a team of 17 structural engineers and two architects deemed Candlestick Park structurally sound, stating most of the damage was “cosmetic.” Vincent also paused for approval from the community and police force before commencing the Series. The Loma Prieta earthquake, which happened 25 years ago at 5:04:15 p.m. PT on Oct. 17, 1989, reached a magnitude of 6.9 and lasted 17 seconds that … On October 17, 1989 at 5:04 P.M., a major earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay area. “We were sitting around the dressing room preparing to work a World Series ballgame. -$50. Voltaggio, unlike Clark, had most of his immediate family in town for the Series and stayed to witness the aftermath. “There was stunned silence from everyone in the stadium when they realized this was a very serious situation,” Clark said. Today's World Series memory is not a happy one at all. On July 5, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit 150 miles northeast of Dodger Stadium in Ridgecrest, Calif. It could be felt in the fourth inning of a game between the Dodgers and Padres. ABC 1989 World Series Game 3 Earthquake NBC News on 1989 San Francisco Earthquake - Oct., 1989. It was a big-league quake. It was 5:04 p.m. PDT on Oct. 17, 1989, and Clark, then an AL umpire, was 21 minutes from working game three of the 86th World Series — featuring the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics — when Mother Nature flexed her muscles, ravaging the Bay area with an earthquake that measured 7.1 on the Richter scale. 3 of 11 San Francisco Police and baseball officials gather to discuss what to do in the moments following the Loma Prieta Earthquake during game 3 of the World Series … Florida defender throws shoe for costly unsportsmanlike penalty. It was the only time in history a World Series was interrupted for anything other than inclement weather. 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