It was on this very date, back in 1989, when something unexpected postponed Game 3 of The World Series between the Oakland As and the San Francisco Giants, just 31 minutes before it was to begin. In fact, ABC was already on the air at Candlestick Park when it occurred. I just happened to be watching ABC’s coverage live on CFCF-12 (CTV Montreal) and the video below pretty much says it all. It’s interesting to watch not only for historical reasons but also to poke fun of the cheesiness and excessive hype of sports coverage back in the 80s. And is it just me or is sportscaster Al Michaels’ reaction and chuckling, immediately following the interruption, somewhat inappropriate in retrospect?
“Folks, that’s greatest opening in the history of television, bar none,” Michaels says.
Was the earthquake somehow paid for by Major League Baseball?
By the way, the series did resume 10 days later and the As swept the Giants… Not that that’s really important.