» June 7, 1982:
The Cubs select SS Shawon Dunston, who batted .790 this season for Brooklyn's Thomas Jefferson HS, with the first pick in the annual June free-agent draft. The Blue Jays then pick SS Augie Schmidt. The Twins, picking 4th overall, take lefty Brian Oelkers, who will be the first to reach the majors. Dwight Gooden is the 5th overall, taken by the Mets, one of 12 Mets draft picks who will make the igs. The Red Sox with three first round picks, use their first on Sam Horn and their last 1st round choice on FSU slugger Jeff Ledbetter, who hit an NCAA record 42 home runs: at least Horn will make the majors. The Yankees select high school SS Bo Jackson in the 2nd round, but he opts for Auburn instead. The Angels also go for a 2-sport star, taking U of Vermont's Kirk McCaskill, the first college player taken in last years NHL draft. The A's pick Jose Canseco in the 15th round and sign him for $15,000; the Royals mine gold on the 19th round by taking Bret Saberhagen. The Reds strike out in the first round when they select Illini high schooler Scott Jones, but so better with 9th rounder Tom Browning.
» July 21, 1986: Jose Canseco cranks a Walt Terrell pitch into the upper deck of the CF bleachers at Tiger Stadium. The A's slugger has now hit a home run in every American League Park.
» September 1, 1986: A's rookie Jose Canseco goes 4-for-5 and hits his 28th home run to become the first ML player with 100 RBI this season. Oakland defeats New York 9–8.
» November 25, 1986: Jose Canseco wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, becoming the first A's player to do so since Harry Byrd in 1952.
» April 18, 1987:
In Oakland's 7–5 win over Seattle, Reggie Jackson steals home on the front end of a double steal with Jose Canseco.
» July 3, 1988: Oakland's P Gene Nelson steals a base while pinch running for Don Baylor in a 9–8, 16-inning win over Toronto, becoming the first American League pitcher to steal a base since John "Blue Moon" Odom in 1973. Jose Canseco's three home runs are not quite enough, and the game is not decided until Mark McGwire connects in the 16th inning to end it. McGwire will hit another 16th-inning home run tomorrow.
» July 31, 1988: Jose Canseco belts two home runs in the A's 6–2 win over Seattle to become the first player to hit 30 or more home runs in each of his first three ML seasons.
» September 23, 1988:
Oakland's Jose Canseco becomes the founder of baseball's 40-HR, 40-SB club by stealing two bases in a 9–8, 14-inning win over Milwaukee. He also hits his 41st home run.
» November 2, 1988: Oakland SS Walt Weiss becomes the 3rd consecutive A's player to win the American League Rookie of the Year award, joining sluggers Jose Canseco (1986) and Mark McGwire (1987).
» November 16, 1988: Jose Canseco becomes the first unanimous American League MVP since Reggie Jackson in 1973.
» May 9, 1989:
A's slugger Jose Canseco has an operation to repair a stress fracture in his left hand and will miss the first half of the season. The injury occurred after just nine at bats in the Cactus League.
» July 6, 1989: Despite having retired on May 29th, Mike Schmidt is elected to start at 3B for the National League in the All-Star Game. A's OF Jose Canseco, who has not played all season because of a wrist injury, is picked to start for the American League, but neither will play in the game.
» October 7, 1989:
Two Rickey Henderson home runs and a Jose Canseco upper deck home run give Oakland a 6–5 win.
» June 11, 1990: Ageless Nolan Ryan pitches his unprecedented 6th career no-hitter, striking out 14 batters in a 5–0 win over the A's. He is the first to pitch a no-hitter for three different teams, and the first to throw a no-hitter in three different decades. The A's are missing Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, and Carney Lansford in the lineup.
» May 10, 1991: Oakland OF Jose Canseco is photographed leaving the West Side apartment of singer Madonna. He then goes 0-for-3 in Oakland's 5–3 loss to the Yankees.
» July 29, 1991: During a game at Yankee Stadium, Oakland OF Jose Canseco is bombarded with assorted objects by unruly fans. Included among the objects are an inflatable doll, a transistor radio, and a head of cabbage. Oakland escapes with a 10–8 victory, and Canseco strokes a double in four at bats.
» February 13, 1992: Oakland outfielder Jose Canseco rams his wife's car, causing $10,000 in damage, following an argument with his wife, Esther.
» June 23, 1992: Led by Harold Baines, who has a double and a homer, Oakland scores 10 runs in the 3rd inning enroute to a 12–2 win over Seattle. Jose Canseco also homers to make it an easy win for Joe Slusarski.
» August 5, 1992: Oakland OF Jose Canseco becomes only the third player in history to walk in seven consecutive at bats after receiving free passes his first two times up against the Rangers in Oakland’s 4-3 victory. He walked five times in yesterday’s game.
» August 31, 1992: The A’s trade OF Jose Canseco to the Rangers in exchange for OF Ruben Sierra and P Jeff Russell and Bobby Witt.
» May 2, 1993: Texas rolls over the Brewers, 13–2 collecting 15 hits. Jose Canseco has a single, double and home run before leaving for a pinch runner. Protecting a 12–2 lead, Jeff Bronkey pitches three innings in relief of Robb Nen, and picks up a save in his ML debut with Texas. Bronkey is the first major leaguer born in Afghanistan.
» May 26, 1993: Texas OF Jose Canseco has a fly ball off the bat of Cleveland's Carlos Martinez bounce off his head and into the stands for a home run. The Indians defeat the Rangers, 7-6.
» May 29, 1993: OF Jose Canseco hurls the 8th inning of the Rangers 15-1 loss to the Red Sox. He allows three earned runs on three walks and two singles before retiring the side.
» June 17, 1993:
Texas OF Juan Gonzalez drives home eight runs in the Rangers' 18-2 win over the Angels. Gonzalez has a double and home run in his four hits. Doug Strange has four hits and Jose Canseco and Rafael Palmeiro also homer.
» June 28, 1993: Rangers OF Jose Canseco faces ligament transplant surgery in his arm, which he injured during his brief one inning stint on the mound in relief on May 29.
» June 13, 1994: Texas trounces Seattle, 17-9, as DH Jose Canseco drives home eight runs with five hits. Canseco counts three home runs among his safeties.
» December 9, 1994: The Red Sox obtain OF Jose Canseco from the Rangers in exchange for OF Otis Nixon and 3B Luis Ortiz.
» August 25, 1995:
Jose Canseco hits a homer in his 5th straight game to account for Boston's only score in a 6–1 loss to Oakland. Canseco is the 5th Red Sox player to homer in five straight games. Scott Brosius clouts a pair of homers and Doug Jones hands Boston just its 3rd loss in 23 games.
» December 7, 1995:
The Red Sox sign free agent OF-DH Jose Canseco to a 2-year contract.
» May 20, 1996:
The Red Sox pound the A's again, racking up seven runs in the 3rd to win 16–4. As in yesterday's 12–2 win, Mo Vaughn and Jose Canseco homer: Mo's homer is his 9th in his last 12 games and ties him for the American League lead with 17. Bill Haselman adds four hits, including a homer.
» May 23, 1996: In the Red Sox 11–4 sinking of the Mariners, Roger Clemens tosses a complete game win and bounces his first major league hit, and the first by a Sox pitcher since 1972. Clemens (3–4) gets to bat when DH Jose Canseco moves to LF in the 8th inning.
» July 25, 1996:
Mark McGwire clouts his 37th homer into the 5th deck at Toronto's Skydome, just the 2nd player to reach there. The 488-foot drive off Huck Flener lands four rows up from where Jose Canseco hit one in the 1989 playoff. The A's still lose the game to the Jays, 4–3 when Joe Carter hits a dramatic 2-run 2-out homer in the bottom of the 9th. McGwire will hit his 38th tomorrow in an A's win.
» August 1, 1996: The Red Sox put Jose Canseco on the DL for back surgery. With Kevin Mitchell and Canseco gone from the outfield, the Sox defense will improve and so will their record. But they lose today, 9–4, to the Royals, as Roger Clemens (4-11) is tagged for seven runs in six innings.
» September 16, 1996:
Steve Finley's lead off home run in the 11th gives the Padres a 2–1 over the host Giants. SF's only run is Barry Bonds 40th, and he joins Hank Aaron and Jose Canseco as the only players with 40 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a season.
» September 27, 1996:
Barry Bonds steals his 40th base to become the 2nd player, after Jose Canseco, to reach 40 homers and 40 steals in a season. He has 42 homers. San Francisco tops Colorado, 9–3, with a 7-run 7th.
» January 27, 1997: The Red Sox trade DH Jose Canseco and cash to the Athletics for P John Wasdin.
» July 16, 1997:
In Oakland, Mark McGwire hits his 33rd and 34th homers to lead the A's to an 11–3 win over the hapless Royals. Jose Canseco strikes out in all five at-bats for the Athletics, tying an Oakland record. Combined with his three strikeouts on Monday, he ties a major league record with eight whiffs in two consecutive games.
» February 4, 1998: Free agent DH–OF Jose Canseco signs a 1-year contract with the Blue Jays.
» July 26, 1998: Boston defeats Toronto by a score of 6–3. Jose Canseco's 8th–inning home run accounts for the Blue Jays' 1st run. It is the 380th home run of Canseco's career, making him the all–time leader among players born outside of the US. Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez had been the co–leaders with 379.
» August 1, 1998: Paced by Jose Canseco's 7th homer in 11 games, the Blue Jays edge the Twins, 10–9. Walker is 3–for–4 to raise his average to .350. Pat Hentgen gives up four runs in six innings, but it is good enough to win his 11th in 12 decisions with Minnesota. The Twins nipped him, 2–1, on May 15, 1996, his only loss.
» September 19, 1998: Mariners SS Alex Rodriguez hits his 40th home run of the season, off Jack McDowell of the Angels, to become the 3rd player in history to have 40 home runs and 40 SBs in the same season. Jose Canseco and Barry Bonds are the others. The Mariners lose the game, however, 5–3.
» December 9, 1998:
The Devil Rays sign free agent OF Jose Canseco.
» April 14, 1999:
Speaking of 400s. In the Devil Rays 7–6, 11 inning loss to Toronto, Jose Canseco hits his 400th home run. He is the 28th player to reach that mark, but the first born outside the US.
» May 22, 1999: Mo Vaughn's single in the 8th snaps a tie and rescues Steve Sparks wild knuckler as the Angles beat the Devil Rays, 8–6. In the 3rd inning, Sparks hits Paul Sorrento to load the bases, then plunks the next two batters with a knuckler. He is the 4th pitcher to hit three batters in a row, joining Houston's C.J. Nitkowski (1988), White Sox Wilbur Wood (1977) and Pittsburgh's Dock Ellis (1974). He also plunks Jose Canseco in the 1st inning to tie the ML mark for HPB. Sparks only allows five hits, but walks six in addition to hitting 4.
» July 4, 1999:
The Blue Jays defeat the Devil Rays, 6-3, despite Jose Canseco's 30th home run of the season. Canseco becomes the first player in history to reach the 30 mark with four different teams, having previously done so with Oakland, Texas, and Toronto. Pat Hentgen wins his 100th career game and Shawn Green reaches the 100-HR mark with a pair of homers.
» August 7, 2000: The Yankees obtain Jose Canseco from the Devil Rays. The move, which mystifies even manager Joe Torre, is presumably designed to keep the high priced slugger away from AL East rivals.
» September 3, 2001:
The Indians defeat the White Sox, 6–3, as Jose Canseco steals the 200th base of his career. He becomes just the 9th player in history to have that many steals and 400 home runs.
» June 28, 2002:
Tampa Bay whips their cross state rival Marlins 4–0 behind Wilson Alvarez and two relievers. Jared Sandberg homers for TB. In the 7th, Kevin Millar of the Marlins hits a towering fly that lands on one of the catwalks that hang from the stadium's dome. It never comes down and it is ruled a double. It's the second time a ball has gotten stuck in a catwalk at Tropicana Field. In 1999, Jose Canseco hit a home run drive that lodged there. Millar joins Ruppert Jones, Rickey Nelson, Dave Kingman, Alvaro Espinoza and Canseco as the only players to hit a fair ball that got stuck in a stadium obstruction. Jones and Nelson both had hits get caught in the overhead speakers at the old Kingdome. The balls hit by Kingman and Espinoza were at the Minneapolis Metrodome with Kingman's getting stuck in a drainage valve and Espinoza's lodging in an overhead speaker.