He stole 40 bases and hit 40 homers in a season. He wrote a best selling book that helped expose baseball’s steroid problem. But what many fans remember about him was the infamous ‘Jose Canseco Ball off Head’ video. The ‘Juiced’ author was playing the outfield for the Texas Rangers in late May of 1993 when he lost a fly ball hit by Carlos Martinez of the Cleveland Indians. It hit him square on the noggin and bounced over the fence for a home run.
Nineteen years later, it remains one of the greatest baseball bloopers of all-time.
Now, the cap that bore the brunt of that dubious moment in baseball history is on the auction block–and seeing a lot of action.
Heritage Auctions is selling it. Bidding as of early Friday stood at $3,200 against an opening $800-$1,200 estimate with two weeks left in the auction.
The size 7 1/2 New Era brand Rangers cap was autographed and authenticated by the man himself, ” Jose Canseco #33, Cleveland 5/26/93.” The underside of the visor holds Canseco’s markered number “33,” and a small pen notation ” 5/26/93 used.”
According to the auction house, it was “likely written in the dugout after the game when it became apparent this cap had an important future role in the collectibles market”.