Local Sportswriters, Athletes and Fans Reflect on Candlestick

Several guests on Forum said that surviving the Loma Prieta earthquake was Candlestick's finest hour. Photo: Deborah Svoboda
Several guests on Forum said that surviving the Loma Prieta earthquake was Candlestick’s finest hour. Photo: Deborah Svoboda

On Friday, Forum discussed Candlestick Park’s legacy: the legends who played there, the earthquake that shook the ’89 World Series, the fans who begrudgingly embraced it, and of course, the wind.

Guests included Ray Ratto, columnist for CSN Bay Area.com, and Ann Killion, sports columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, who recalled great moments in Candlestick’s history as well provided a behind-the-scenes peek at what it was like to work at the park.

Ronnie Lott, former cornerback and safety for the San Francisco 49ers, who says the losses stayed with him just as much as the victories; Duane Kuiper, broadcaster and former second baseman for the San Francisco Giants, who thinks that Candlestick’s weather gave the Giants a huge home-field advantage, and Bill Martin, chief meteorologist for KTVU Channel 2, who explained why Candlestick is so dang windy.

Here are highlights from the show:

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Amanda Stupi

Amanda Stupi is an interactive producer for KQED News. She grew up in Northern California, where her mother would woo her inside on warm summer nights with promises of The Monkees and CHIPS. Stupi is fascinated with the intersection between popular culture and the fine arts. Her idea of artistic perfection includes The Beastie Boys' Check Your Head, Joni Mitchell's Blue, Bull Durham, several episodes of Cheers, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and most of Wallace Stevens' poetry. Stupi's life goals include watching every episode of Law and Order, finishing a screenplay and thanking her mom in an Oscar acceptance speech.

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