The 1989 earthquake that rocked San Francisco, Oakland and the World Series

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By RYAN GORMAN

A massive earthquake that struck the Bay Area on October 17, 1989 forever changed the region, and potentially altered the course of baseball history.

The 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta quake struck at exactly 5:04 p.m., at the height of rush hour and just before the first pitch of Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics.

Buildings crumbled, highways and bridges collapsed and fires erupted on both sides of the bay separating the two cities. Hundreds of buildings were damaged or destroyed and dozens of people died.

The quake struck only years before the dot-com boom and cell phone explosion of the 1990s. Fans inside Candlestick Park, in San Francisco, had no idea how bad it was until the game was postponed indefinitely.


Power was knocked out in the stadium and to most of the region. Dazed fans leaving the stadium encountered scenes resembling a war zone – bucked streets, leveled homes and other scenes of total devastation.

A total of 63 people died, 42 of them crushed to death when the upper deck of Interstate 880 collapsed onto the lower deck.

Four others died when buildings collapsed in San Francisco's Marina District after the ground liquefied during the massive quake.

The World Series resumed 11 days later, after extensive repairs to Candlestick Park.

Oakland swept the Giants in four games, but it hardly mattered at that point.

Neither city would ever be the same.

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