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Jose Canseco
(1985-2001)
In 1988 Oakland's Canseco became the first player ever to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season.
BORN 7.2.64, Havana, Cuba     .266, 462, 1407     1986 AL ROY     1988 AL MVP
All-Star 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999     Silver Slugger 1988, 1990, 1991, 1998
Rod Carew
(1967-85)
(HOF) In 1985 Carew became the first infielder since Eddie Collins to collect 3,000 hits.
BORN 10.1.45, Panama     .328, 92, 1015
All-Star 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984     1967 AL ROY     1977 AL MVP     1977 ML Player of the Year
Joe Carter
(1983-98)
Carter was the first player to start at three different positions in three straight World Series games when, in 1992, he played left field, right field and first base for Toronto.
BORN 3.7.60, Oklahoma City, OK     .259, 396, 1445
All-Star 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996     Silver Slugger 1991, 1992
Bob Caruthers
(1884-92)
In 1885, his first full season, Caruther led the American Association with 40 wins, a .755 winning percentage, and a 2.07 ERA. He won 30 games the next year and 29 in 1887 -- the same year he earned a career-high .357 batting average. In fact, his career BA was .282. When his playing days were over, Caruthers became a major league umpire.
"Parisian Bob"     BORN 1.5.1864, Memphis, TN     218-99, 2.83 / .282, 29, 359
John P. Cassidy
(1875-85)
An outfielder who played in the National Association, the National League and the American Association during his eleven-year career, and whose love for ice cream prompted one reporter to write that "He covers a lot of ground without moving."
BORN 1857, Brooklyn, NY     .246, 5, 191
Henry Chadwick
Chadwick didn't play the game, but he contributed greatly to it. The British-born journalist did much to popularize  the sport in the 19th century. He introduced statistical benchmarks such as the batting average, and the newspaper box score. He was referred to, at the time, as the "Father of Baseball" and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938, the only sportswriter to be so honored.
Ray Chapman
(1912-1920)
In a August 16, 1920 game between his Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees, shortstop Ray Chapman was killed when a pitch by Yankees hurler Carl Mays struck him in the temple. This is the only recorded on-the-field fatality in major league history.
BORN 1.15.1891, Beaver Dam, KY     .278, 17, 364
John Clarkson
(1882-1894)
This Hall of Famer won the 1889 pitching Triple Crown in the National League with 49 wins, 284 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA. His lifetime win-loss record is 328-178, and his career ERA is 2.81. In 1889 he won 21 more games and pitched 200 more innings than any other NL hurler. He was league-leader in strikeouts four times, wins three times and innings pitched three times.
BORN 7.1.1861, Cambridge, MA     328-178, 2.81     1889 NL Triple Crown
Jack Clements
(1884-90)
Clements was a rare specimen -- a lefthanded catcher. He set a record with 1,073 games caught by a southpaw, and posted the highest single-season BA by a catcher in 1895 when he hit .394 for the Philadelphia Phillies. He led the NL in home run percentage that year (13 in 322 at-bats). He also played shortstop and third base. Clements was the one who initiated the wearing of a chest protector by catchers.
BORN 7.24.1864     .286, 77, 687
John Coleman
(1883-90)
Pitching for the NL Philadelphia Quakers in 1883, Coleman set a record that may never be matched -- 48 losses (against 12 wins).
BORN 3.6.1863, Sarasota Springs, NY     23-72, 4.68     .257, 7, 279
Vince Coleman
(1985-1997)
Playing for the Cardinals, Coleman set a rookie record by stealing 110 bases. He set another record by swiping 100 or more bases in three consecutive seasons (1985-87). In 1988 and 1989 he collected yet another record by stealing 50 consecutive bases without being caught in each year.
"Vincent van Go"     Born 9.22.61, Jacksonville, FL     .264, 28, 346 (752 SB)  
All-Star 1988, 1989     1985 NL ROY
Roger Connor
(1880-97)
(Hall of Fame) When Connor retired in 1897 he held the record for career home runs (136) and career triples (233).
BORN 7.1.1857, Waterbury, CT     .317, 138, 1322
Bill Craver
(1971-77)
Craver got a raw deal in 1877 when Louisville Grays owner Charles Chase was trying to uncover a scandal involving thrown games and insisted on reading all telegrams sent or received by players. Craver told Chase he wouldn't allow that unless he got paid the three months' salary Chase owed him. Craver, who was not implicated in the Grays scandal, was banned from baseball for life. He petitioned the National League annually for reinstatement, with success, and became a policeman in Troy.
BORN 6.1844, Troy, NY     .290, 2, 229
Candy Cummings
(1872-1877)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939, Cummings is credited with inventing the curve ball. He has a career win-loss record of 145-94 and a career ERA of 2.49.
BORN 10.18.1848, Ware, MA     145-94, 2.49
Nig Cuppy
(1892-1901)
Cuppy was pitching for the Cleveland Spiders in 1895 when he set an NL record for pitchers when he scored five runs in a 9 August 1895 game. He led the league in shutouts with three in 1894 and was one of the first legitimate relief pitchers in the game.
BORN 7.3.1869, Logansport, IN     162-98, 3.48