Rickey Henderson picked up his 119th stolen base of the season on August 27, 1982. The record had previously belonged to Lou Brock. Brock stole 118 bases in 1974. Henderson would go on to steal another 11 bases before the end of the 1982 season, bringing his total up to 130. Henderson’s mark still has a few years to go before it surpasses Ty Cobb’s “longevity record.” Cobb stole 96 bases during the 1915 season, a record which stood 47 years until Maury Wills finally broke it in 1962. Wills stole 104 bases that year.
The New York Yankees became the first and only team in Major League history to hit three grand slams in one game. Trailing 7-2 in the fifth inning, Robinson Cano hit one into the right field stands off of Oakland A’s starter Rich Harden. In the next inning Russel Martin facing Fautino De Los Santos, put the Yankees ahead 10-7 with a shot to right center. In the eighth inning, with Yanks now ahead 17-8, Curtis Granderson drove Bruce Billings pitch out of the park for the Yankees third slam of the game.
In nearly a century of storied slugging, the Yankees had never enjoyed a day like this.
On a dreary afternoon, some fans headed home with the Yankees trailing 7-1 after three innings and rain still falling in a game that began after an 89-minute delay.
Turns out they missed the Yankees coming home — over and over and over.
Read more: CBSNews.com
No team in major league history had hit three grand slams in a game before Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson strode to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday, the crowd at Yankee Stadium having been thinned, but the bases loaded one more time.
Granderson had 35 home runs before Thursday, which made him as good a candidate as any to help the Yankees set a record. With the Yankees well on their way to a wild 22-9 victory over Oakland, Granderson really just wanted one good pitch to drive.
He got it.
Read more: NY Times
Jose Canseco was the first Major League player to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in one season. He reached the milestone on Septeber 23, 1988. The Cuban born Canseco was 24 at the time, playing for the Oakland A’s in his third season in the Majors.
On September 18, Canseco hit his 40th home run of the season in the first inning against Kansas City’s Brett Saberhagen. At that point Canseco had 37 stolen bases. He stole his 38th base against Minnesota on September 20th.
Then on September 23, Canseco took his 39th stolen base after singling off of Juan Nieves. Canseco became the charter member of the 40/40 Club, when while still facing Nieves, he again singled and stole second base.
Canseco did not steal any more bases in 1988, but he did hit two more home runs. For his career, Canseco hit .266, but in 1988 he hit .307 knocked in 124 RBIs. Both marks were career bests for him.
If you saw the movie “Moneyball” you probably remember how Billy Beane’s (Brad Pitt) A’s extended their winning streak to 20 games, on September 4, 2002. If you haven’t seen the movie (What are you waiting for? finish reading this post, watch the Youtube video, and then go over to Netflix and get it!), or in case you saw it and forgot, here’s what happened.
The A’s were three games under .500 at the start of June. Then they started to win. On August 12 after losing a game to Toronto, their record stood at 68-51. They trailed Seattle in the AL West by 4.5 games. Then they won 19 games in a row. That brings us up to September 4 when they hosted the Royals in front of 55,528 at Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland.
In the first inning the A’s were off and running, scoring six runs off of the Royals Paul Byrd. Then Kansas City brought in Darrell May who pitched five innings of so-called relief. May gave up four runs in the second inning and one in the third before “settling down” for two scoreless innings.
Meanwhile, the Royals rallied in the fourth, scoring five runs on five hits off of the A’s Tim Hudson. There was no more scoring until the eighth innings when the Royals scored five more runs. What had been an 11-0 blowout for the A’s, was now an 11-10 game.
The A’s went down quietly in the bottom of the eighth, and in “as you can’t make this up,” the Royals tied the game in the ninth on two singles and a bunt. Then in the bottom of the ninth, Scott Hatteberg (played by Chris Pratt in the movie) hit one over the fence in center field, giving the A’s a 12-11 win and a 20-game win streak.