Earthquake Interrupts World Series in San Francisco

The 1989 World Series pitted both of the Bay Area’s baseball teams, the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, against one another.  The A’s were victorious in the first two games of the series and the all-important game three was ready to be played when tragedy struck.

On this day, October 17th, in 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake hit San Francisco and delayed Game 3 of the World Series.  The 6.9 magnitude earthquake occurred at 5:04 p.m., thirty minutes before the scheduled start of Game 3.  Damages caused by the Loma Prieta quake led to the longest World Series delay in baseball history.  The game was postponed for ten days and was not played until October 27th.

The Oakland A’s were victorious in the long delayed Game 3 by a score of 13 to 7.  The A’s finished their sweep of the Giants the following day, winning the 1989 World Series and bringing Oakland their ninth championship.