Today in Sports History: September 23

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By Jonah Sharf

On September 23, 1988, Jose Canseco stole two bases to become the first player in MLB history to record 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season. Only three other players have joined the 40-40 club—Barry Bonds in 1996, Alex Rodriguez in 1998, and Alfonso Soriano in 2006. Canseco was primarily known as a power hitter, and his 40 stolen bases was the most he had in his career, with the next closest being 29. During this season, Canseco was given the AL MVP award, and his Athletics made it to the World Series, losing to the Dodgers. He would go on to help the A’s to a World Series title the next season. Canseco was a six-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger award, and two-time MLB home run leader.

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