On September 23rd, 1988, Oakland Athletics’ slugger Jose Canseco became the first MLB player to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a season. Canseco would go on to win the MVP and finished with 42 home runs, 124 runs batted in, and a .307 batting average. His achievement was a huge deal considering how long it took for somebody to actually come along and do it. However, as with everything Canseco did, steroids got involved and tainted the achievements of the first entrant into the “40-40 club.” Canseco would never have another season like 1988, hitting 40 home runs only twice after that season and never again stealing 40 bases.
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