This Day In Sports History (September 20th) — Walter Payton
This Day In Sports History (September 23rd) — Jose Canseco
It was on this day in 1988 that Jose Canseco became the inaugural member of baseball’s 40/40 club. Canseco finished the season with 42 home runs and 40 stolen bases.
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 the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers 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 this 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 29) in Midwest City, Oklahoma
Joba Chamberlain, MLB – Born September 23rd 1985 (age 28) in Lincoln, Nebraska
Brandon Jennings, NBA – Born September 23rd 1989 (age 24) in Compton, California