The Earthquake that interrupted the World Series 25 years ago

I had never been in an earthquake. But as the press box started swaying at Candlestick Park, I knew exactly what was happening. The box seemed ready to crash into the lower deck. It was a quake, all right. What else could it be?

Game 3 of the 1989 World Series was about to begin. At 5:04 p.m. PT, the weather was unseasonably warm — “earthquake weather,” I would later hear it called. By luck of the draw, the beat writers from Baltimore and Washington — Tim Kurkjian, Richard Justice and myself — had prime seats in the box, just behind home plate.

The crowd actually cheered seconds after the quake hit, perhaps thinking it was a good omen for the Giants, who trailed the Athletics two games to none. But Jay Alves, the A’s director of media relations at the time, turned around from the first row and said grimly, “That was a big one.” Sure enough, he was right.
— Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports

I remember October 17, 1989. I was in college and walked across the hall to watch the World Series game with a friend. Being in a dormitory, we thought something was wrong with our tv signal. We didn't have cable. It didn't take long to figure out the problem was in San Francisco.

What I most remember is seeing the players looking for their loved ones after the quake. Concern and fear were all over their faces.

We spent hours watching the Special Report on ABC. My friend had a brother who was attending Stanford University. He tried for several hours calling his dorm room. No cell phones which probably wouldn't have worked anyway. His brother was fine.

Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports, was at Candlestick Park that night. He has written an article remembering the event 25 years later.