Candlestick Park

When you think of Candlestick Park, what memories stand out? Dwight Clark’s famous 1982 touchdown catch against the Cowboys? Or when the Loma Prieta earthquake interrupted the 1989 World Series? Perhaps it’s the last-ever Beatles concert? Or maybe all you can remember is trying to stay warm in the frigid year-round wind. Monday will be the last regular season 49ers game at Candlestick Park before it closes for good. We’ll look back at the illustrious history of the stadium.

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Ann Killion, sports columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle
Ray Ratto, columnist for CSN Bay and a Bay Area sportswriter since the 1970s
Duane Kuiper, broadcaster and former second baseman for the San Francisco Giants
Ronnie Lott, former cornerback and safety for the San Francisco 49ers and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Bill Martin, chief meteorolgoist, KTVU Channel 2
Benjy Young, was on top of a Candlestick lighting rig during the Loma Prieta quake

  • David

    Giants and Niners, i remember attending home games for both teams at the Stick but in particular, i remember at least one and perhaps as many as a few Beach Boys concerts in the 80s. i want to say that these concerts followed Giants games. am i right? anyway, and whatever else you want to say about Candlestick, i’m stoked to have been a part of it. go Bay Area.

  • Steve

    The most exciting baseball game I ever attended was the “Brian Johnson home run game” on September 17, 1997 against the Dodgers. Barry Bonds hit a home run, Rod Beck extricated himself from a bases-loaded jam in the 9th, and Brian Johnson hit the winning home run in the 12th as the Giants tied the Dodgers in the standings. The crowd absolutely erupted, and the place rocked. I took the Muni shuttle from the park afterwards, and there were local media onboard interviewing fans. It was a great day.

  • Fay Nissenbaum

    I got Willie Mays autograph at a baseball card show years ago in San Fran. He is one angry & cantankerous great.

  • Niketana

    I was at the 8/22/65 Giants-Dodgers game. I was 9 years old. I remember the brawl as surreal–I didn’t know what was going on at first. But the more memorable part of that game was when Mays homered off Koufax a few batters later. The score went from 1-2 to 4-2, and the Giants won.

    I should add that I also saw Mays hit #2999 against the Montreal Expos several years later. It was a miserably cold, foggy night, and we were hoping to see hit #3000. Hardly anyone was in the stands, but I was there to see Mays drill a homer to centerfield.

  • Remus Glaude

    I was at a Cadlestck game in 1969 where I caught 2 home runs in the right field bleachers. One was from Willie McCovey the other Mike McCormick. Mike signed but couldn’t catch up with Willie.

  • James R

    My memory was of bat days. Getting a Louisville Slugger and bleacher seat for $0.90.

  • thucy

    Candlestick memories… feh.
    First Amendment Champion and Porn Titan Al Goldstein dies, and Forum wastes an hour on baseball. Just kidding, but seriously, who’s going to miss the ‘stick?

  • Beth Grant DeRoos

    Does anyone know if people will be able to bid or buy a seat, that they always got to sit in when at games?

  • James R

    In the 300+ games the Forty Niners played at Candlestick I attended about six and one was their toughest lost.

    It was the first playoff game of the 1972 post season. In the games first play Vic Washington returned the kickoff for a touchdown. I can still see Vic, number 22, reaching the end zone standing up. It looked like SF would finally beat Dallas in a playoff game. With about five minutes left in the game SF was ahead by 12 points and everyone in the stadium was planning for the next playoff game.

    Then everything changed. Dallas scored a touchdown, did an onside kick,
    and scored again. Candlestick was silent. John Brodie and the Niners were unable
    to score with the time remaining.

    Ironically Dallas should have been called off side for the onside kick. The kicker faked with one foot and then kicked with his other and went off side in the process.

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