Kelly Downs of the San Franciso Giants carries his 11-year-old nephew, Billy Kehl, after the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area, postponing Game 3 of the World Series at Candlestick Park on Oct. 17, 1989.
GALLERY: The Day The World Series Stopped
Travis Ishikawa is drenched with champagne in the Giants clubhouse after hitting the first homer to end an NL Championship Series, a three-run drive that sent San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 on Thursday night. (Brad Mangin/SI)
The Kansas City Royals celebrate after winning Game 7 of the 1985 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. 29 years later, the Royals have made it back to the World Series. (Rich Pilling/SI)
Oakland A’s Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Terrence Long and Frank Menechino squeeze into a clubhouse hot tub on May 8, 2002 in Oakland, Calif. (Peter Read Miller/SI)
Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez play for the Homeboys and Awayboys, respectively, during MTV’s Rock N’ Jock Softball Challenge in Los Angeles in 1997. (V.J. Lovero/SI)
Madison Bumgarner was lights out last night in Pittsburgh!
On the cover this week: Hoping to avoid early playoff exits, fans of the Beltway teams pins its championship hopes on Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Capitals center Alex Ovechkin.
Gary Carter celebrates with teammates Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez after the New York Mets finished the 1986 season with a major-league best 108-54 record. Carter, an 11-time All-Star and Hall of Fame catcher who died of brain cancer at age 57, would have turned 60 today. (John Iacono/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Gary Carter
A young Matt Harvey appears to be waiting for his chance to pitch. The New York Mets’ pitcher, currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, turned 25 today. (
Kirk Gibson is best remembered for belting one of the greatest home runs in World Series history, a pinch-hit, two-run blast with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Dodgers a 5-4 victory over Oakland in Game 1. As a manager, the 1988 NL MVP has shown great potential, taking the Arizona Diamondbacks to the postseason in 2011 and leading the team to .500 records in both 2012 and 2013. On Saturday at 4 AM, his D-backs will open their season against the Dodgers at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia, nearly 7,800 miles from Chase Field in Phoenix. (
GALLERY: When MLB Players Were Managers
New York Mets rookie Darryl Strawberry signs some autographs for fans at Shea Stadium before a game in July 1983. The eight-time All-Star and 1983 NL Rookie of the Year won four World Series championships (1986, 1996, 1998, 1999). He turns 52 today. (Manny Millan/SI)