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Yearbook, Oct. 17: World Series earthquake

Oct. 17, 1989: The TV cameras were live on Candlestick Park, ready to broadcast the first World Series game in San Francisco in more than 25 years.

Then the whole place shook, the result of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck south of the Bay Area but rattled the whole metropolis.

The fans and teams -- the home Giants and the visiting Oakland Athletics -- were mostly OK, but the area itself was devastated by the Loma Prieta earthquake, with 63 killed and thousands injured. Still, the fact that the series involved two local teams has been cited as a reason the death toll was not much higher.

The game, of course, was called off. Play did not resume for 10 days. When it did, the stadium paid tribute to the victims.

Oakland won the series in four games.