This Day In Sports History (October 17th) — The Earthquake Series
It was on this day in 1989 that Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s was cancelled following the Loma Prieta Earthquake. The earthquake struck the city of San Francisco approximately 30 minutes before game-time, causing massive chaos to ensue at Candlestick Park and around the city.
Thousands of people were already in the stadium getting ready for the game when the earthquake struck. It was the first major earthquake in the United States to be broadcasted on live television, as the crew from ABC Sports were getting fans ready with their pre-game show live from the stadium. The final death toll from the earthquake was 63, however, experts believe it would have been a lot higher had Game 3 not been scheduled for that day, as many people had left work early or were staying behind for viewing parties with co-workers, leaving less cars on the freeway during the time of its collapse.
The game was eventually played on October 27th. The 10-day delay is the longest in World Series history. The A’s would go on to win Game 3, and they would finish off the series one day later by winning Game 4 and completing the sweep.
Here is a look at Al Michaels and Tim McCarver reacting to the earthquake during ABC Sports’ pre-game show.
Kimi Räikkönen, Formula 1 – Born on October 17, 1979 (age 34) in Espoo, Finland
John Rocker, MLB – Born on October, 17, 1974 (age 39) in Statesboro, Georgia
Keith McKenzie, NFL – Born on October 17, 1973 (age 40) in Detroit, Michigan