Author Ted Atlas, a native of the Bay Area, went to his first baseball game at Candlestick Park in 1962 and has worked game-day security at 49er games since 1986. Using images from the San Francisco 49ers archives, the San Francisco History Room, and various private collections, this volume depicts Candlestick's origins and many uses throughout the decades.
Candlestick Parkby Ted Atlas
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Opened in 1960 as the home of the San Francisco Giants, Candlestick Park is among America's most iconic sports facilities. It is a striking example of modernism and was the first reinforced-concrete stadium. The Giants' home for 40 years, it played host to two World Series, including in 1989, when it was infamously delayed by the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Renovated to a dual-purpose stadium in 1970, it became home to the San Francisco 49ers. In 1982, "The Catch," one of the most famous plays in NFL history, heralded the beginning of five Super Bowl Championships. Candlestick Park was also home to the early Oakland Raiders, was visited by Pope John Paul II, and saw the last Beatles concert.
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