This Day In Sports History (September 22nd) – Don Shula
This Day In Sports History (September 23rd) — Jose Canseco
Jose Canseco enjoyed his best statistical season in 1988. To go along with the 42 home runs and 40 stolen bases, Canseco had 124 RBI’s, 120 runs scored and hit for a .307 batting average. He was unanimously named the American League’s Most Valuable Player, but his Oakland Athletics fell short of their ultimate goal, as they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series in five games. However, the very next year Canseco’s Athletics would sweep the San Francisco Giants to capture the franchise’s first World Series since 1974.
Since Canseco accomplished the 40/40 feat in 1988, three players have joined him in the very exclusive club. In 1996 Barry Bonds matched Canseco with 42 home runs and 40 stolen bases. Two years later Alex Rodriguez hit 42 home runs to go along with his 46 stolen bases. Finally, in 2006 Alfonso Soriano became the most recent member of the club when he hit 46 home runs and stole 41 bases.
Here is Canseco discussing fellow 40/40 member Alex Rodriguez.
Matt Kemp, MLB – Born September 23rd 1984 (age 27) in Midwest City, Oklahoma
Joba Chamberlain, MLB – Born September 23rd 1985 (age 26) in Lincoln, Nebraska
Brandon Jennings, NBA – Born September 23rd 1989 (age 22) in Compton, California