Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerLefty O’Doul’s will have a webcam during the World Series that will be shown at Walsh’s Corner Cocktails in Kansas City.

Mike Koozmin/The S.f. ExaminerLefty O’Doul’s will have a webcam during the World Series that will be shown at Walsh’s Corner Cocktails in Kansas City.

Iconic SF, Kansas City baseball bars create ‘virtual window’ into World Series games

San Francisco and Kansas City, Mo., are separated by 1,500 miles, but fans in both cities can enjoy the World Series games together.

Lefty O'Doul's, the second-oldest baseball bar in The City, has set up a Web camera with Walsh's Corner Cocktails, a baseball bar in Kansas City, for fans to watch the games together — and even heckle one another.

Lefty O'Doul's opened in 1958, the same year the Giants came to San Francisco, while the 36-year-old Walsh's is known for its annual celebration and fundraiser on Babe Ruth's birthday, Feb. 6. The first game begins at 5:07 p.m. today in Kansas City, and fans are encouraged to visit either bar to enjoy the game from both sides of the field.

“We can look into their window, and they can look into ours, so all the fans over there can badger us over here and we can badger them back,” Nick Bovis, owner of Lefty O'Doul's, said of the Web setup.

Tom O'Doul, a second cousin of legendary San Francisco baseball player and coach Lefty O'Doul, waved to Walsh's Corner Cocktails owner Pat Walsh on the screen as the video streaming was set up Monday.

“We're having a little precipitation in San Francisco today, but we'll survive it. It'll stop by Friday,” O'Doul assured Walsh, referring to when the Giants will play their first home game in the World Series.

O'Doul and Walsh agreed the matchup will be a good one — despite San Francisco winning the championship twice in the past five years, both teams know what it's like to be the underdog. The 2010 World Series marked the first time the Giants won since moving to San Francisco, and the Royals haven't taken a championship since 1985.

“It's amazing, two wild-card teams making it,” O'Doul said. “[Kansas City] plays the game the way it's supposed to be played. It's going to be a really good Series.”

Walsh expects the crowd at his bar will be just as excited as when the Royals last played in the World Series 29 years ago.

“Everybody was just going wild,” said Walsh, who was working at his bar on Oct. 27, 1985. “The game was over a little after 10 [p.m.]. For the next two hours [until the bar closed], everybody was just hootin' and hollerin' and slapping each other, high-fiving, kissing and hugging, jumping up and down, going outside and yelling.”

San Francisco is preparing for similar enthusiasm.

“I think the energy's electric, but it's not high voltage — not yet,” O'Doul said. “I think once they start playing here, once Friday rolls around, it's going to get really high voltage.”

Both bars also intend to serve as safe havens for Giants fans in Kansas City and Royals fans in San Francisco. Each bar hung a poster with the other establishment's name to help visitors feel at home — and to converse with their fellow fans 1,500 miles away.

“We just have three rules,” Bovis said of the video feed. “Don't talk after four beers, talk intelligently [and] use facts. Everything else goes.”

Bay Area NewsGiantsKansas CitySan Francisco

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs spoke to San Francisco’s new Guaranteed Income Advisory Group on April 16. (Courtesy SFGOV)
City launches task force to explore Universal Basic Income programs

San Francisco on Friday launched a guaranteed income task force that could… Continue reading

Muni’s K-Ingleside line will return six months earlier than previously announced. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
K-Ingleside train to return on May 15

Announcement comes on the heels of pressure from Supervisor Myrna Melgar

Demonstrators march from Mission High School towards the San Francisco Police station on Valencia Street. (Jordi Molina/ Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Vigil, march honors those killed by police

Deaths of Daunte Wright, Roger Allen and others prompt renewed calls for defunding

A Recology employee stands at the comapany’s recycling facility on Pier 96 in 2016. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
Nuru scandal: Feds charge second former Recology executive with bribery

A second former Recology executive is facing charges for allegedly bribing ex-Public… Continue reading

Skier Andy Padlo crosses a frozen Spicer Reservoir. (Courtesy photo)
Stormy weather tests skiers’ mettle on Dardanelle traverse

Overcoming challenges makes outings more rewarding

Most Read