Here's a look back at some of the great moments at Candlestick Park that made it an iconic American stadium.
After opening in 1960, Candlestick Park will have its final football game Monday. CREDIT: Mark Choquelle/Flickr
With the closing of Candlestick Park culminating with the San Francisco 49ers last home game against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, a look back at key moments at the ‘Stick seems appropriate.
Pilloried over the years for difficult conditions facing fans and players, Candlestick wasn’t always the most hospitable venue. From Vice President Richard Nixon’s first pitch in 1960 to Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake performing the last concert in July, Candlestick has seen its share of iconic moments. Here are a few in no particular order.
The Catch - Jan 10, 1982: Of all the 49ers receptions spanning 42 years, only one is known as “The Catch.” Joe Montana connected with Dwight Calrk on a play that appeared designed by the gods themselves. Clark’s arms reached toward the heavens, pulling in the pass that catapulted the 49ers to a 28-27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship game. Check out the play in the video below.
The Concert - Aug. 29, 1966 : The Beatles’ final live concert took place in front of a crowd of about 25,000. Fans paid between $4.50 and $6.50 for tickets, and The Beatles’ fee was around $90,000. The final show saw perhaps a slightly more energetic performance than usual, and was longer than their standard 20-25 minute duration, despite the minimal pauses between songs. A fitting farewell for ravenous US fans of the British boy band.
The Quake - Oct. 17, 1989: The 1989 World Series between the A’s and the Giants is best remembered for the Loma Prieta earthquake, which occurred at the start of Game 3, and caused a 10-day disruption in play. There was an eerie silence as the edifice swung and rumbled back and forth, but the stadium, much maligned by many who said it wouldn't withstand a major earthquake, held. The A’s ended up sweeping the Giants in four games. Below is the live broadcast when the earthquake shook Candlestick (it happens around the 2 minute mark).
The Thrill - Oct. 9, 1989: Will’s Biggest Thrill - In Game 5 of the NLCS, Will Clark faced Cubs reliever, Mitch Williams with the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning. After an impressive at-bat with several two-strike foul balls Clark singled to drive in two runs, breaking the tie and sending the Giants to the World Series.
The Balk - July 31, 1961: The wind at Candlestick turned in a legendary performance when Giants reliever Stu Miller was “blown off the mound” – causing him to commit a balk during the 1961 All-Star Game, allowing the AL to tie the game. The NL eventually won 5-4 in 10 innings.