- 1989 World Series
Infobox World Series Expanded
year = 1989
champion_games = 99-63, .611, GA: 7
San Francisco Giants(0)
runnerup_manager = Roger Craig
runnerup_games = 92-70, .568, GA: 3
October 14– October 28
MVP = Dave Stewart (Oakland)
television = ABC
Al Michaels, Tim McCarverand Jim Palmer
radio_network = CBS Radio
Jack Buckand Johnny Bench
Rich Garcia(AL), Paul Runge(NL), Al Clark (AL), Dutch Rennert(NL), Vic Voltaggio(AL), Eric Gregg(NL)
HOFers = Athletics:
Oakland Athleticsover Toronto Blue Jays(4-1)
San Franciscoover Chicago Cubs(4-1)
The 1989 World Series was played between the
Oakland Athleticsand the San Francisco Giants. The Series ran from October 14through October 28, with the A's sweeping the Giants in four games. It was the first World Seriessweep since 1976, and is best remembered for the Loma Prieta earthquake, which occurred on October 17at the beginning of Game 3 and caused a 10-day disruption in play. Fay Vincentpresided over the series, his first as Commissioner of Baseballafter the sudden death of his predecessor Bart Giamattiover a month earlier. [ The black armbandsthat the Athletics and Giants wore were in memory of the deceased commissioner. In addition, the official World Series balls had Giamatti's signature on them. [http://www.americansportscollectibles.com/1989worldseriesbaseball.html The Rawlings 1989 World Series Game Baseball.] The ball features the World Series logo in Blue, traditional red stitch, and the printed signature of A. Bartlett Giamatti, Commissioner of MLB.] This series is also known as the "Earthquake Series," "Bay Bridge Series," and "The Battle of the Bay."
The San Francisco Giants won the
National League Westdivision by three games over the San Diego Padres then defeated the Chicago Cubs, four games to one, in the National League Championship Series. The Oakland Athletics won the American League Westdivision by seven games over the Kansas City Royals then defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, four games to one, in the American League Championship Series.
Oakland Athletics(4) vs NL San Francisco Giants(0)
October 14, 1989at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CaliforniaLinescore
WP=Dave Stewart (1-0)|LP=
Dave Parker(1), Walt Weiss(1)|
The first game of the Bay Bridge Series saw Athletics ace Dave Stewart take on the Giants'
Scott Garrelts. Before the contest, a tribute to late Commissioner Bart Giamattiwas held, with Giamatti's son Marcus throwing out the first pitch and the Whiffenpoofs from Yale University(Giamatti's alma mater) singing the national anthem.cite news |first=Steve |last=Wulf |title=On a Roll|url=http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1068944/1/index.htm|work=Sports Illustrated |date=2008-06-10 |accessdate=2008-06-10]
In the bottom of the second, Oakland took a lead it would never relinquish, when
Dave Hendersonwalked, took second on a Terry Steinbachsingle, and scored on another single by Tony Phillipsthat moved Steinbach up to third. Walt Weissthen sent a soft ground ball toward first, but Giants first baseman (and NLCS MVP) Will Clarkthrew the ball low and to the right, and the sliding Steinbach knocked the ball out of catcher Terry Kennedy's mitt. Kennedy was charged with an error, and Rickey Hendersonthen singled Phillips home, making the score 3-0 for Oakland.
A's designated hitter
Dave Parkerled off the Oakland third by tattooing a solo home run off Garrelts, and Weiss added one of his own leading off the fourth. This was more than enough for a dominant Stewart, who hurled a five-hitter to give the Athletics a 5-0 lead and a 1-0 edge in the Series. "We ran into a buzz saw," Clark said of Stewart's pitching.
October 15, 1989at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CaliforniaLinescore
WP=Mike Moore (1-0)|LP=
In the bottom of the second, the Athletics went to work, as Rickey Henderson walked, stole second, then scored on a double to right field by Steinbach. The Giants pushed across their first run of the Series in the top of the third, when Kennedy singled and was forced out at second by
José Uribe. A single by Brett Butler advanced Uribe to third, and he then scored on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Robby Thompson.
However, the A's took the lead right back in their half of the fourth. After
José Cansecodrew a walk, Parker drove a line shot off the wall that was both an inch from being foul and an inch from being a home run. Parker, who momentarily stood at the plate to watch the flight of the ball, began running as soon as the ball hit the wall, and it seemed that Giants right fielder Candy Maldonado's return throw had nabbed Parker at second. But second base umpire Dutch Rennertcalled Parker safe, while Canseco scored all the way from first. After Dave Henderson walked and Mark McGwirestruck out, Steinbach drove a Reuschel pitch into the left field seats, scoring both Parker and Henderson. The Giants had no answer for Oakland's relievers, and the A's took a 5-1 victory and a 2-0 lead in the Series.
Originally scheduled for Tuesday
October 17, 1989at Candlestick Parkin San Francisco; rescheduled to October 27after the Loma Prieta earthquakeLinescore
WP=Dave Stewart (2-0)|LP=
Carney Lansford(1), José Canseco(1), Dave Henderson2 (2), Tony Phillips(1)|HomeHR=Matt Williams (1), Bill Bathe(1)|
Bill Bathebecame the fifth National Leagueplayer in World Series history to hit a home run in his very first at-bat. Bathe's teammate Matt Williams noticed Bathe wobbling when the earthquake started. Apparently, Bathe was looking in the stands to search for his family.
When Game 3 was originally scheduled for October 17, the scheduled starting pitchers were Bob Welch for the A's and Don Robinson for the Giants. Meanwhile,
Ken Oberkfellwas slated to start at third base for the Giants, with Matt Williams moving over to shortstop instead of the benched José Uribe. Also, Pat Sheridanwas slated to take over for Candy Maldonadoin right field for the Giants. Maldonado told ESPNthat he was in the clubhouse getting ready when the earthquake hit. The first person he saw in the midst of all of this was his teammate, Don Robinson, who told Maldonado that he sensed that an earthquake was occurring.
The Loma Prieta earthquake
The Loma Prieta earthquake struck on October 17, 1989 at 5:04 p.m. Because of the coincidence of timing it was the first major earthquake in the United States ever to be broadcast by live television. Experts credit the timing of the World Series as a lucky break that prevented massive loss of life and a possible
firestormin the city. Among other fortuitous coincidences:
* Due to the game, traffic was light on freeways that collapsed in the earthquake. Initial expectations were that hundreds of people had died in the collapse of the
Nimitz Freewayin Oakland; the final death toll from that event was 40.
* A blimp that had been covering the game was used to coordinate emergency efforts.
* Although the city's emergency water system failed due to ruptured
water mains, fans helped connect hoses from a passing fireboatto fight fires with pumped salt water
* According to umpire
Vic Voltaggio, he distinctly remembers seeing a white wall waving either during or immediately after the earthquake. Meanwhile, fellow umpire Al Clark was still in the locker room preparing to go to work. Apparently, Clark ran out to the field with just his underwear on when the earthquake hit.
* The ten day delay in-between Games 2 and 3 was the longest delay in
World Serieshistory. The World Serieswas originally supposed to resume after a five day delay, but since the transmission links weren't properly connected yet, the wait went on for another five days.
* ABC's actual opening for the
October 17telecast (leading up to Al Michaels informing the viewers of the earthquake) was used at the beginning of a 1990 television movie(documenting the Loma Prieta earthquake) called " After The Shock". [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098995/combined After the Shock (1990) (TV) ] ]
* Fay Vincent had made the decision to postpone Game 3 without telling anybody first. As a result, the umpires filed a formal protest of Vincent's decision.
* When the Athletics players were advised to return to Oakland after Game 3 was postponed, they had to travel through San Jose. While it would normally take around 30 minutes to travel from Oakland to San Francisco, it took the A's around two hours to get back to Oakland, due to the collapse of some roadway sections of the Bay Bridge.
* According to
Tim McCarver, when the earthquake hit, he and his broadcasting partners Al Michaelsand Jim Palmerimmediately grabbed what they perceived to be the armrests. In reality, the announcers were clutching on each others' thighs and they were left with bruises the next day. Years later, Al Michaels would boldly admit his strong belief that had the earthquake lasted much longer than 15 seconds, he would have been killed.
* Shortly after the earthquake,
José Cansecoand his wife Esther were spotted filling up their car at a self-service gas station. José was still in his full Oakland Athletics road uniform while at the gas station. In Canseco's book "", he says that someone wrote an article portraying him as forcing his wife to pump the gas, but that in reality, she told José to let her do it because if people saw him in his full uniform, it would cause a scene.
* In the
CBS Radio Networkbooth that was right next to the ABC Sportstelevision booth, announcers Jack Buck, Johnny Bench, and John Rooneybolted as soon as the earthquake started. This was in sharp contrast to ABC's Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, and Tim McCarver, who all seemed to maintain their composure on camera once a back-up generator restored their power. Bench ran to a spot underneath a steel grate. Buck soon told Bench "If you would have moved that fast when you played, you wouldn't have hit into so many double plays."
* Fay Vincent accused San Francisco mayor Art Agnos of being difficult to work with. Agnos wanted to wait a month before resuming the World Series. Vincent responded by telling Agnos a month-long delay wasn't acceptable and that the World Series might consider moving to another location.
* Following the earthquake, ABC aired a rerun of "Roseanne" for about 15 minutes before returning. From that point,
Ted Koppelanchored news coverage from Washington with Michaels acting as a de facto reporter. The Goodyear Blimp(which was already aloft for the game) provided video of structural damage and fires within the city.
* Journalists in the New York area chided MLB for deciding to go on with the Series. However, events had been going on as scheduled, and other commentators claimed that the New York-area journalists merely disdained a World Series not played in New York or Boston (cf. the 1986 Series).
ESPN's Peter Gammonsand Oakland Athleticspitcher Bob Welch were walking by the Marina Middle School in order to get a residency pass. While they were walking, they saw a slightly unshaven man with a white wind-breaker waiting in line for his pass. The man turned out to be Joe DiMaggio. Gammons shared this story during a 1999 "SportsCenter Flashback" special chronicling the 1989 World Series.
October 28, 1989at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CaliforniaLinescore
WP=Mike Moore (2-0)|LP=Don Robinson (0-1)|SV=
Rickey Henderson(1)|HomeHR=Kevin Mitchell (1), Greg Litton(1)|
At the time,
October 28was the latest end date for a World Series, even though the series only lasted the minimum four games. (This record was tied in 1995, and broken by the terrorism-delayed 2001 World Serieswhich ran from October 27through November 4.) The world series now regularly ends around this time becuase there is an extra round of playoffs now.
1989 World Series (4-0):
Oakland Athletics(A.L.) over San Francisco Giants(N.L.)Linescore
San Francisco Giants
Total Attendance: 222,843 Average Attendance: 55,711 | Winning Player’s Share: – $114,252 Losing Player’s Share – $83,529cite web|url=http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/wsshares.shtml|title=World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares|accessdate=2008-05-07|publisher=Baseball Almanac]
Radio and television coverage
ABC play-by-play man
Al Michaels, who spent three years in San Francisco as an announcer for the San Francisco Giants, was nominated for an Emmy Awardfor news broadcasting after giving an eyewitness account of the aftermath of the earthquake at Candlestick Park.
This would be the last
World Seriesthat ABC would televise from start to finish (and also the last they would produce themselves). The television rights would move exclusively (ABC had partnered with NBCsince by|1976 up until the end of the 1989 season) to CBS the following year. ABC would next televise a World Series in 1995, but only broadcast Games 1, 4, and 5 (the other games were covered by NBC, who had a joint venture with ABC and MLB called The Baseball Network).
This was the last World Series that Jack Buck would broadcast on radio. He called the following two World Series on television for CBS.
Loma Prieta Earthquake#1989 World Series
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