The Day The Series Stopped

FILM SUMMARY:

On Oct. 17, 1989, at 5:04 p.m. PT, soon after Al Michaels and Tim McCarver started the ABC telecast for Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, the ground began to shake beneath Candlestick Park. Even before that moment, this had promised to be a memorable matchup: the first in 33 years between teams from the same metropolitan area, a battle featuring larger-than-life characters and equally colorful fan bases. But after the 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake rolled through, bringing death and destruction, the Bay Area pulled together, and baseball took a backseat. Through archival footage, previously untold stories from players, officials, San Francisco and Oakland citizens affected by the earthquake, and a scientific look back at what happened below the earth, “The Day The Series Stopped” will revisit that night 25 years ago. The record book shows that the A’s swept the Giants, but that’s become a footnote to the larger story of the 1989 World Series. – ESPN FILMS “30 for 30”

DIRECTOR:
Ryan Fleck — IMDb

PREMIERE:
October 14, 2014 (ESPN)

REVIEWS:
“The film is bursting at the seams with visuals, interviews, retellings, and archive footage.” — AWFUL ANNOUNCING

The Day The Series Stopped gets into the science of the quake, and the devastation it wrought, but it’s at its most effective when it shows Will Clark admitting that he can’t help feeling a little cheated that his one World Series appearance became an afterthought.” — THE A.V. CLUB