How the Loma Prieta Earthquake Changed Sports

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How the Loma Prieta Earthquake Changed Sports
How the Loma Prieta Earthquake Changed Sports

The first pitch of Game 3 hadn't even been thrown when the 86th World Series became one of the most memorable in history. A 6.9 magnitude earthquake, dubbed Loma Prieta, threw a curve ball into the historic meeting between the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants. It turned out to be an event that would impact the future operation of sports stadiums everywhere. As the stands shook at 5:04 p.m. on Oct. 17, 1989, the Giants' newly anointed director of operations, Jorge Costa, stood on the field near home plate, his crisp white shirt sleeves rolled up to the elbows. He watched the stadium rumble as a silence fell on the crowd. Then, there was an exuberant cheer. "Giants fans being Giants," Costa

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