In 2014, the 49ers will kickoff at their new stadium in Santa Clara, which means next Monday’s matchup with Atlanta – airing live on KPIX 5 - will be the last ever at Candlestick Park. Sadly, ‘The ‘Stick’ will be demolished after the 49ers depart. Join us for a look back with our list of the Top 10 Candlestick Memories.
1. The Catch , Jan. 10, 1982
Joe Montana rolled right and Dwight Clark reached toward the heavens to make The Catch, probably the single most famous moment in Bay Area sports history as the 49ers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in the NFC Championship game.
2. The Beatles Last 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 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. The A’s ended up sweeping the Giants in four games.
4. The Catch II, Jan. 3, 1989
Terrell Owens pulls in a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Steve Young catch with three seconds left in the game, lifting the 49ers to a 30-27 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Wild Card playoff.
5. McCovey’s World Series Lineout,
Oct. 16, 1962
Game Seven against the New York Yankees in the 1962 World Series. It was bottom of the ninth inning, Giants behind 1-0, with two men on base and two outs. Willie McCovey hits a line drive that appeared at first to be going over the head of the fielder, but was in fact sinking from topspin and the catch was made without leaping to end the game.
Vernon Davis’ catch late in the 4th quarter, on a route dubbed the “Vernon Post,” gave the 49ers their first playoff victory in nine years and sent them to their first NFC title game in 14 years with a 36-32 win over the New Orleans Saints in the divisional playoffs.
7. Will’s Biggest Thrill, Oct. 9, 1989
In Game 5 of the NLCS, Will Clark faced Cubs closer with the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning. After an epic at-bat, with several two-strike foul balls keeping the duel alive for several minutes, Clark singled to drive in two runs, breaking the tie and sending the Giants to the World Series.
8. All-Star 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.
9. QB Playoff Record, Jan. 12, 2013
In the first playoff game of his career, young Colin Kaepernick torched the Green Bay Packers for 181 yards rushing, a new NFL record for a quarterback as the 49ers won the divisional playoff game 45-31.
10. Last Candlestick Concert, July 26, 2013
Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z performed before a sold out crowd for what was the final concert to be held at Candlestick Park.
Fore more, check out Dennis O’Donnell’s report on the stadium’s final act:
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