September 23rd, 1988: Canseco is Baseball's First 40/40 Man and…

JoeSportsFanSenior Analyst ISeptember 23, 2009

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September 23rd, 1988

On this day, Jose Canseco became the first man in baseball history to steal 40 bases and hit 40 HRs in one season. In addition to his 40/40 achievement, there are quite a few subsequent “firsts” attached to Mr. Canseco’s name. While he’s probably not the first person in the history of baseball to pioneer each of the following categories, we’re guessing he’s the first person to successfully achieve both.

  • Proudly sport a long-sleeve, fishnet shirt with stone-washed jeans to a movie premier.
  • Transform a long, Carlos Martinez fly-ball into a HR by deflecting it over the wall with his head.

Impress your co-workers: Jose Canseco is one of four 40/40 men in baseball history. The others? Barry Bonds (San Francisco, 1996), Alex Rodriguez (Seattle, 1998) and Alfonso Soriano (National, 2006). When you observe that collective list, it probably reasonable…to say…that…nevermind. Think of your own steroid joke, you lazy bastards.


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