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1988 HEADLINE: Jose Canseco Becomes 1st Member Of The ’40/40 Club’

1988 HEADLINE: Jose Canseco Becomes 1st Member Of The ’40/40 Club’

On this day in 1988, Jose Canseco elevated his game to a place that no other player had been prior.

With 2 stolen bases against the Milwaukee Brewers, Canseco collected his 39th and 40th steals of the season and became the first player in major league history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season.

Canseco won the Most Valuable Player award during this season.  And it can be argued that this was the most impressive offensive season ever had by a player.  To date, only 4 players have gained entry into the ’40/40 Club’, with Canseco being the first.  And had it not been for Jose’s incredible year, it’s very possible that this baseball milestone never existed.

Congratulations to Jose Canseco – A Very Elite Player!!!

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Happy Birthday Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson!!!

Happy Birthday Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson!!!

Dave Henderson turns 56 years old today.

Quite possibly the most underrated player on the Oakland Athletics dynasty of the late 1980’s, Dave Henderson put up some monster numbers as a member of the ‘Bash Brothers’. Hendu had an all-around game and although he was not an all-star, his talent level and skills on the baseball diamond were not that far from his superstar teammates.

It must be rough playing on an a team and being compared to players like Rickey Henderson(no relation), Jose Canseco, and Mark McGwire. But Henderson did very well while in Oakland and helped lead the team to three consecutive World Series appearances.

Henderson’s greatest success came from his days with that powerful A’s offense, and he was a big contirbutor. In six seasons with the team, Hendu smacked 104 home runs, drove in 377 RBI, and scored 366 times. A truly well balanced player indeed!!!

For Hendu’s birthday, I thought I would try to help his cause out a little by posting an address where you can reach Mr. Henderson to obtain an autograph while also helping out a foundation he started that is trying to help find a cure for Angelman Syndrome. For any of you that would like to make a donation and at the same time add a great autograph to your collection, you can write to Dave Henderson at:

Pacific Northwest Angelman Syndrome Foundation, 12932 SE Kent-Kangley Rd #375 Kent, Washington, 98031

Happy Birthday Hendu!!!

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Happy Birthday To The Canseco Brothers!!!

Happy Birthday To The Canseco Brothers!!!

Twin brothers Jose and Ozzie Canseco turn 50 years old today.

While one brother reached the pinnacle of baseball success and the other barely made a dent as a professional player, the Canseco brothers have left a mark on the sport that will never be forgotten. Namely due to Jose’s actions regarding steroids and bringing light to its influence in baseball, Canseco will always be remembered and linked to performance enhancing drugs and their effect on the game.

But too often, it is forgotten how dominant Jose was during his playing days. Even at the end of his career, Jose was able to fill the stands with fans wanting to watch him play and he continued to deliver the long ball for them.

What I would like to give Jose is a ‘Re-do’. He says that if he could take back the books he wrote that he would. He says he never would put someone through what he has been through. I’d like to test that theory. But more than that, I would like to see how good and strong of a contribution to the game Jose could have made had he been the ideal teammate with a ‘team first’ mentality.

Happy Birthday Jose!!!

Happy Birthday Terry Steinbach!!!

Happy Birthday Terry Steinbach!!!

Terry Steinbach turns 52 years old today.

Terry Steinbach was the anchor for a very successful Oakland Athletics pitching staff during their ‘Glory Years’ of the late 1980’s.

A 3-time All-star catcher, Steinbach was the model of consistency both at the plate and on the field for what at the time was baseball’s most dynamic line-up.  During Steinbach’s 14-year career, he hit a solid .271 while amassing 162 home runs and driving in 745 runs.  On a line-up that consisted of the amazing talents of Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Carney Lansford, Dave Henderson, and others, it was Steinbach’s approach at the plate that helped the A’s become the elite team of the 1980’s.

Steinbach also caught 2 no-hitters during his career: 1 in 1990 by A’s ace Dave Stewart & 1 in 1999 by Eric Milton of the Twins.

Terry Steinbach helped lead the A’s to 3 consecutive AL pennants in 1988, 1989, and 1990.  The pinnacle was reached in 1989 as the Oakland A’s won the World Series in a 4-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants.

In Steinbach’s first year of Hall of Fame eligibility in 2000 he received 1 vote and was dropped from all future ballots.

Happy Birthday Mr. Steinbach!!

SIGNING RESULTS: Boston Red Sox All-Star, Mike Greenwell!!!

SIGNING RESULTS: Boston Red Sox All-Star, Mike Greenwell!!!

When I tell you that Mike Greenwell was one of my favorite players from the late 1980’s I am not kidding.

Alongside Wade Boggs, Greenwell was so much fun to watch.  And he could do it all – hit for a high average, bang doubles off of the Green Monster, and drive in runs at a rapid pace.

He only played in the major leagues for 12 seasons (all with the Sox), and left the game at the age of 32.  But, Greenwell is loved in Boston and will forever be a member of ‘Red Sox Nation’.

His career numbers look like this:  .303 lifetime batting average, .368 on-base percentage, 1,400 hits, 275 doubles, 130 home runs, 80 stolen bases, 657 runs scored and 726 RBI.

Greenwell was a 2-time All-Star and he also win the Silver Slugger Award and finished second in the AL MVP race in 1988.

I am thrilled to add this signed ball to my collection and it will find a comfortable home with the rest of the balls I have signed by stars from the 1980’s.

Greenwell Ball

SWEET!!!

1988 HEADLINE: Jose Canseco Becomes 1st Member Of The ’40/40 Club’

1988 HEADLINE: Jose Canseco Becomes 1st Member Of The ’40/40 Club’

On this day in 1988, Jose Canseco elevated his game to a place that no other player had been prior.

With 2 stolen bases against the Milwaukee Brewers, Canseco collected his 39th and 40th steals of the season and became the first player in major league history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season.

Canseco won the Most Valuable Player award during this season.  And it can be argued that this was the most impressive offensive season ever had by a player.  To date, only 4 players have gained entry into the ’40/40 Club’, with Canseco being the first.  And had it not been for Jose’s incredible year, it’s very possible that this baseball milestone never existed.

Congratulations to Jose Canseco – A Very Elite Player!!!

Happy Birthday Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson!!!

Happy Birthday Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson!!!

Dave Henderson turns 55 years old today.

Quite possibly the most underrated player on the Oakland Athletics dynasty of the late 1980’s, Dave Henderson put up some monster numbers as a member of the ‘Bash Brothers’. Hendu had an all-around game and although he was not an all-star, his talent level and skills on the baseball diamond were not that far from his superstar teammates.

It must be rough playing on an a team and being compared to players like Rickey Henderson(no relation), Jose Canseco, and Mark McGwire. But Henderson did very well while in Oakland and helped lead the team to three consecutive World Series appearances.

Henderson’s greatest success came from his days with that powerful A’s offense, and he was a big contirbutor. In six seasons with the team, Hendu smacked 104 home runs, drove in 377 RBI, and scored 366 times. A truly well balanced player indeed!!!

For Hendu’s birthday, I thought I would try to help his cause out a little by posting an address where you can reach Mr. Henderson to obtain an autograph while also helping out a foundation he started that is trying to help find a cure for Angelman Syndrome. For any of you that would like to make a donation and at the same time add a great autograph to your collection, you can write to Dave Henderson at:

Pacific Northwest Angelman Syndrome Foundation, 12932 SE Kent-Kangley Rd #375 Kent, Washington, 98031

Happy Birthday Hendu!!!

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