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The 1989 World Series was played between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants, and is best remembered for the earthquake which caused a 10-day distruption in play. The Series ran from October 15 through October 28, with the A's sweeping the Giants. It is also known as the "Earthquake Series", "Bay Bridge Series", and "The Battle of the Bay".

Managers: Tony LaRussa (Oakland), Roger Craig (San Francisco)

Umpires: Rich Garcia (AL), Paul Runge (NL), Al Clark (AL), Dutch Rennert (NL), Vic Voltaggio (AL), Eric Gregg (NL)

Series MVP: Dave Stewart (Oakland)

Television: ABC (Al Michaels, Tim McCarver and Jim Palmer announcing)

Game 1

The first game of the 1989 World Series was played on October 14 at Oakland Coliseum, the home field of the Oakland Athletics.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 000 000 000 051
Oakland 031 100 00X 5111
W: Dave Stewart (1-0) L: Scott Garrelts (0-1)

Game 2

Game 2 took place on October 15 at Oakland Coliseum.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 001 000 000 140
Oakland 100 400 00X 570
W: Mike Moore (1-0) L: Rick Reuschel (0-1)

Game 3

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For the third game of the Series, the teams traveled to the San Francisco Giants' Candlestick Park. The game was delayed until October 27, or about ten days, due to the Loma Prieta earthquake. Template:See

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 200 241 040 13140
San Francisco 010 200 004 7103
W: Dave Stewart (2-0) L: Scott Garrelts (0-2)

Game 4

The final game of the 1989 World Series took place on October 28 at Candlestick Park.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 130 031 010 9120
San Francisco 000 002 400 690
W: Mike Moore (2-0) L: Don Robinson (0-1) S:Dennis Eckersley


  • This was the first World Series sweep since 1976.
  • Because of the postponement due to the earthquake, Oakland used the same starters for Games 3 and 4 as they did in Games 1 and 2, Dave Stewart and Mike Moore.
  • Giants catcher Bill Bathe became the fifth National League player in World Series history to hit a home run in his very first at-bat. According to Bathe's teammate Matt Williams, he noticed Bathe start to wobble when the earthquake started. Apparently, Bathe was looking in the stands to search for his family.
  • This was the first World Series that Fay Vincent presided over as commissioner. Vincent had only been in office for over a month after the sudden death of A. Bartlett Giamatti. The black armbands that the Athletics and Giants wore were in memory of the fallen commissioner. The official World Series balls even had Giamatti's signature on them.
  • Dave Parker of the Athletics made sure that he had a hold of his jewelry during the earthquake. While with his jewelry, Parker raced out of Candlestick Park and into the parking lot.
  • Several years later, Athletics first baseman Mark McGwire would publicly state that he felt that in light of the earthquake, the rest of the World Series should've been cancelled.
  • Out of respect for the tragic circumstances surrounding the 1989 World Series, the Athletics weren't allowed to celebrate their World Series victory with champagne.
  • According to Fay Vincent, he had already made the decision to postpone Game 3 without telling anybody first. As a result, the umpires filed a form of protest of Vincent's decision.
  • When Athletics were advised to go back to Oakland after Game 3 was postponed, they had to travel through San Jose. While it would normally take around 30 minutes to travel from Oakland to San Francisco, it took the A's around two hours to get back to Oakland.
  • On the 100 Years of the World Series DVD, Tim McCarver, who was working as a broadcaster for ABC, incorrectly says that ABC started their coverage of the Earthquake Game at "Five O'Clock Eastern Time" (as opposed to "Five O'Clock San Francisco Time"). Besides that, McCarver claims that moments before Al Michaels cut off McCarver to inform the viewers of the earthquake, that he could already sense the ominious rumbling.
  • Al Michaels was nominated for an Emmy Award for news broadcasting after giving an eye witness account of the aftermath from the earthquake at Candlestick Park.
  • According to Tim McCarver, when the earthquake hit, he and his broadcasting partners Al Michaels and Jim Palmer immediately grabbed a hold of what they perceived to be the armrests. In reality, the announcers were clutching on each others' thighs and they were left with bruises the next day. Years later, Al Michaels would boldly admit his strong belief that had the earthquake lasted much longer than 15 seconds, he would've gotten killed.
  • Shortly after the earthquake, José Canseco and his wife Esther, were spotted filling up their car at a self-service gas station. The catch was that Jose was still in his full Oakland Athletics visiting uniform while at the gas station.
  • Joe Torre, who was at the time was working as a special guest analyist for ESPN, was given the task of playing roving reporter (interviewing players such as Rickey Henderson and Dave Parker) immediately following the earthquake. Torre was with Chris Berman in the upper deck section when the earthquake hit. Torre had to convince Berman about three times to walk down the steps for safety.
  • According to umpire Vic Voltaggio, he distinctively remembers seeing a white wall waving either during or immediately after the earthquake. Meanwhile, fellow umpire Al Clark was still in the locker room preparing to go to work. Apparently, Clark ran out to the field with just his underwear on when the earthquake hit.
  • At the Westin St. Francis hotel (which had all of its power knocked out because of the earthquake), ESPN's Bob Ley saw then San Diego Padres manager Jack McKeon smoking a big cigar and sporting $1 glowing deely boppers. Just one day later, the St. Francis would be the site of Commissioner Fay Vincent's press conference (where candles and television cameras provided the only forms of light in the room) in which Vincent made the decision on when the World Series would resume.
  • The ten day delay in-between Games 2 and 3 was the longest delay in World Series history. The World Series was originally supposed to resume after a five day delay. But since the transportation links weren't properly connected yet, the wait went on for another five days.
  • ESPN's Peter Gammons and Oakland Athletics pitcher Bob Welch were walking by the Marina Middle School in order to get a residency pass. While they were walking, they saw a slightly unshaven man with a white wind-breaker waiting in line for his pass. The man turned out to be Joe DiMaggio.
  • During the earthquake, a seemingly relaxed Dave Stewart stayed in the Athletics' clubhouse the entire time.
  • In the CBS Radio Network booth, that was right next to the ABC Sports television booth, announcers Jack Buck, Johnny Bench, and John Rooney bolted as soon as the earthquake started. This was in sharp contrast to ABC's Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, and Tim McCarver, who all seemed to maintain their composure on camera once a back-up generator restored their power. Bench ran to a spot underneath a steel grate. Buck soon told Bench "If you would have moved that fast when you played, you wouldn't have hit into so many double plays."
  • This would be the last World Series to date that the American Broadcasting Company has televise from start to finish. The television rights would move exclusively (ABC had partnered with NBC since 1976 up until the end of the 1989 season) to CBS the following year. ABC would next televise a World Series in 1995 but only broadcasted Games 1, 4, and 5 (the other games were covered by NBC).
  • ABC's actual opening for the October 17 telecast (leading up to Al Michaels informing the viewers of the earthquake) was used at the beginning of a 1990 television movie (documenting the Loma Prieta earthquake) called After the Shock.[1]

Quote of the Series

"I'll tell you what, we're having an earth--" - ABC Sports play-by-play commentator Al Michaels, whose sentence was cut off to the television audience due to the loss of power during the earthquake.

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