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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



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