About the Film

Where were you at 5:04 p.m. on October 17, 1989?

Lifelong San Francisco Giants fan Jon Leonoudakis and his brother Tim were inside Candlestick Park, waiting for the start of Game Three of the 1989 World Series. Twenty-nine minutes before game time, Mother Nature delivered a knockdown pitch for the ages: the largest earthquake to hit a major American city in nearly a century.

Native San Franciscan Leonoudakis had arrived at the stadium with a VHS camcorder and a still camera to record the pageantry and excitement of his first World Series game. He left with a gripping visual account of every heart-stopping moment at Candlestick that day, as well as the quake’s aftermath and the resumption of Game Three ten days later.

The Day the World Series Stopped features Jon’s original video and photography shot from October 17 to October 27, 1989, mixed with archival news footage and photographs to present a unique and personal perspective, exploring themes of fandom, family, civic pride, baseball and the Bay Area’s triumph over tragedy.

Twenty-five years in the making, The Day the World Series Stopped transports viewers back in time to experience this unprecedented event in American history.

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