Sunday, October 26, 2014

Awesome Old TV Clip of the Week: Al Michaels calls an earthquake live

World Series Game 5 between the Royals and Giants (tied 2-2) begins tonight at 8:07 pm in San Francisco, and I'll be blogging it live for Bleacher Report.

The Fall Classic was also in San Francisco 25 years ago.  Dubbed the "Battle of the Bay," the 1989 series featured the Giants and Oakland A's.  I remember owning a white long-sleeve sweatshirt with the logo pictured on the right.

That series is known less for baseball (a 4-0 Oakland sweep) and more for the massive 6.9 earthquake that struck the area shortly before the scheduled start of Game 3.  If you listen closely you can hear Al Michaels say "I'll tell you what, we're having an earth..." just as the broadcast feed cuts out:

Originally scheduled for October 17, Game 3 wasn't played until October 27.  This gave both teams the opportunity to start fresh with their rotations, and allowed the A's to capture the championship despite using just two starting pitches in the series (Dave Stewart and Mike Moore each had two wins).

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