The 1989 World Series was played between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. The Series ran from October 14 through October 28, with the As sweeping the Giants in four games and it was the first World Series sweep since 1976. The four game sweep by the Athletics at the time would mark only the time in World Series history that a team never trailed in any game. Until 2015, this was the last time a team would win the World Series after losing in the previous year and this marked the fourth World Series matchup, and first since 1913, between the two franchises. The previous three matchups occurred when the Giants were in New York and the Athletics resided in Philadelphia and it was the first cross-town World Series since 1956, and only the third such series that did not involve New York City. On October 17, just minutes before the start of Game 3, Candlestick Park in San Francisco suffered damage to its upper deck as pieces of concrete fell from the baffle at the top of the stadium and the power was knocked out. The game was postponed out of concerns for the safety of everyone in the ballpark as well as the loss of power, the series resumed on October 27 and finished the next day. The October 28 finale set a record for the latest finish to a World Series at the time. The San Francisco Giants won the NL West division 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 AL West division by seven games over the Kansas City Royals and it was the Giants first World Series appearance since 1962, while the Athletics were playing in their second straight Fall Classic following the 1988 Series. AL Oakland Athletics vs. NL San Francisco Giants † Game 3 was originally slated for October 17 at 5,35 pm, however, it was postponed when an earthquake occurred at 5,04 pm. Prior to Game 1, a tribute to late Commissioner Bart Giamatti was held, Giamattis son Marcus threw out the first pitch, Dave Stewart, the Athletics ace, took on Giants pitcher Scott Garrelts in game one of the Bay Bridge series. Walt Weiss then sent a soft ground ball toward first, but Giants first baseman Will Clark threw the ball low, Steinbach knocked the ball out of Kennedys mitt, scoring the second run of the inning. Kennedy was charged with an error, and Phillips advanced to second, Rickey Henderson then drove in Phillips on a single to right field, the second inning ended with Oakland leading 3–0. As designated hitter Dave Parker tattooed a solo run to lead off the third off of Garrelts. Oakland starter Stewart dominated the Giants, allowing five hits in a complete game and we ran into a buzz saw, Clark said of Stewarts pitching. Little League World Series MVP and future NHL star Chris Drury threw out the ceremonial first pitch in Game 2, Oakland starter Mike Moore took on Giant Rick Reuschel. Oakland got off to a fast start, Rickey Henderson led off the bottom of the first with a walk, Henderson promptly stole second, and scored one pitch later when Carney Lansford hit a double to right field
The collapse of the Bay Bridge forced Oakland players to return home via San Jose
ABC Television immediately put this World Series slide on air following the loss of signal from Candlestick Park as a result of the Loma Prieta earthquake.