Jose Canseco was born on July 2, 1964 in Havana, Cuba. In 1982, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics. On September 23, 1988, Canseco became the first player in major league history to hit 40 HR (42) and steal 40 bases (40) in the same season. He began what is now referred to as the '40/40 club', which includes players who hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in one season. Only 3 other players have followed Canseco’s lead with this prestigious achievement —Barry Bonds (1996 San Fransisco Giants), Alex Rodriguez (1998 Seattle Mariners), and Alfonso Soriano (2006 Washington Nationals.)
Later this elite membership became the inspiration behind the name of Jay-Z’s 40/40 Clubs. “When we were thinking of a name, we wanted something exclusive – the 40/40 Club in baseball is as exclusive as it gets,” said Jay-Z.
Jose Canseco's - Additional Career Highlights:
-1986: AL Rookie of the Year
-1990: Leading vote getter for All-Star game
-1991: Major League HR Champion (tie)
-1993: Got his 1000th career hit on May 2 vs. Milwaukee. He became the first player since Ted Williams to get 750 RBI in his first 1000 games.
-1999: Became 28th member of the 400 HR club
Chris Paul was presented with an authentic Mitchell & Ness Michael Jordan rookie jersey, which comes enclosed in a commemorative "The Moment the Game Changed' box. Check out all the details as described by our friends at Dime Magazine.
Earlier this summer some local Philadelphia filmmakers and serious baseball fans embarked on a month long journey to visit 30 ballparks in 30 days. You may have seen them at your stadium sometime between April 18th and May 17th, or en-route in their rented mini-van driving across the country. The goal of their trip was to raise awareness and funds for the Boys and Girls Club of America, the official charity of Major League Baseball and document you, the fans, enjoying your love common love of baseball.
Mitchell & Ness would love to congratulate Tom, Travis, Joey & Pedro on completing their trip. We are glad we could be of help along the way! To read more about their trip and see photos of all the great ballparks across the country visit: www.30ballparks30days.com.
Derrick (Rick) Allen Mahorn was born in Hartford, Connecticut on September 21st, 1958. Drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1980, Rick quickly gained a reputation for his physical play in the paint. This reputation was reinforced after he was traded to the Detroit Pistons in 1985. As part of the “Bad Boy” era in Detroit, Rick was said to be the “Baddest Bad Boy of them all.” Rick won his first and only NBA Championship as a Piston in 1989. From 1990 to 1999, Rick played two stints for the Philadelphia 76ers (once from 1989-1991 and again in 1999), a season with the Italian A Series league (1991-1992), four seasons with the New Jersey Nets (1992-1996), and a second run with the Detroit Pistons (1996-1998). No matter where he went, however, he was always a fan favorite.
In 2005, Bill Laimbeer, Rick’s former “Bad Boys” teammate in Detroit, recruited him to be an Assistant Coach of the WNBA’s Detroit Shocks. After four seasons as Assistant Coach, Rick was given the reigns as Head Coach of the Shocks, a position he still holds today.
Happy Birthday Rick!
If you are anything like us, you're a huge fan of EA Sports video games. From Tiger Woods to Madden to FIFA, we love them all. So when the call came a few months ago asking us to be involved in the NBA Live 10 game we jumped at the chance.
We knew it would be good, but this takes things to another level.
*All images are courtesy of EA SPORTS/NBA LIVE 10
The jerseys and graphics look amazing! Don't you agree?
We can't wait to play a full game as the Cavs in their 85 - 86 road jerseys, the Raptors in their 97 - 98 home jerseys or any of the Hardwood Classic jerseys that they've included in the 2010 game.
October 6 can't come fast enough.