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World Series Remember When: Earthquake interrupts 1989 Series

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

World Series memories: Larsen's perfect game | Gibson's hobbled home run | Mays' over-shoulder catch | Podsednik's walkoff HR | Mazeroski's walkoff HR | Koufax's clutch shutout | Carter's series-ending homer | Gibson fans 17

Today's World Series memory isn't a happy one -- not in the least. It is the Loma Prieta earthquake, or as specifically applies to baseball, the quake that suspended play of the 1989 World Series.

It happened just prior to what was supposed to be Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants in Candlestick Park. Thursday (Oct. 17) is the 24th anniversary of the notorious earthquake.

Here's the actual ABC broadcast leading up to what they thought would be Game 3. Check in at around the 4:30 mark to see when the earthquake happens on the live broadcast:

Now, obviously, Al Michaels and Tim McCarver had no idea how serious the earthquake was, because Candlestick Park held up structurally fine during the quake. Otherwise they wouldn't have been laughing, because the quake was tragic.

In all, the earthquake killed 63 people while injuring thousands and leaving thousands more homeless. A few bridges collapsed and many buildings were destroyed. It was a significant quake, measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale.

The series would be delayed for 10 days and pick back up on Oct. 27. The A's would go on to sweep the Giants in four games. Unfortunately, the series is best known for the tragic natural disaster before Game 3.

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