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Weather caused the 2008 World Series to be delayed, twice

Wednesday, October 27th 2021, 5:14 am - On this day in weather history, the World Series was delayed by rain.

This Day In Weather History is a daily podcast by Chris Mei from The Weather Network, featuring stories about people, communities and events and how weather impacted them.


The 2008 World Series had a few hiccups to contend with before concluding.

Games 3 and 5 were delayed by rain in Philadelphia, with the start of the former on Saturday, Oct. 25 held back 90 minutes (with that game ending at 1:47 a.m. EDT Sunday, Oct. 26). Game 5, which began on Monday, Oct. 27, was suspended in the 6th inning because of rain and resumed Wednesday, Oct. 29.

2008 world series rain delay "The grounds crew covers the field with a tarpaulin during the Game 5 rain delay." Courtesy of Edg126/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0

Wet weather continued Tuesday in the Philadelphia area, with Major League Baseball officials studying radar data to determine when Game 5 would resume under conditions deemed "appropriate.” As a result, Games 6 and 7 in St. Petersburg, originally scheduled for Oct. 29 and 30, were postponed until a later date.

With temperatures plummeting towards 4°C, and with a cold rain falling at Citizens Bank Park, some of the Phillies and Rays players opted for a cartoonish look, wearing specially made caps with built-in ear flaps.

On the other end of the spectrum in 2017, the World Series faced temperatures as high as 40°C. Though this championship holds the record for the hottest World Series, there's still a 44-degree swing between the 2008 and 2017 events.

On today's podcast, Chris Mei talks about the rainy conditions that impacted a part of the 2008 World Series and how they led to Game 5 being postponed after the 6th inning.

To learn more about how rain impacted the 2008 World Series, listen to today's episode of "This Day In Weather History."

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