Joe Cannon

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Joseph Jerome Cannon

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Biographical Information[edit]

Joe Cannon, a first rounder in January 1974, was in the majors from 1977 to 1980. His cousin, Willie Broughton, was an infielder in the San Francisco Giants chain in 1960.

Cannon moved his way up the Houston Astros organization from 1974-1977, hitting .306 with 39 stolen bases for Charleston in 1977. He made his major league debut on September 22, 1977, and appeared in 9 games for the Astros. He was four years younger than pitcher J.R. Richard. In 1978 he was mostly in the minors with Charleston again, this time hitting .293 with 18 triples. He played 8 more games in the majors, hitting .222 (4-for-18). After the season, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in the deal that brought Alan Ashby to Houston. Joe saw most of his big league at bats in 1979, batting .211 with just three extra base hits, on a team which had 39-year-old Rico Carty at DH and 20-year-old Danny Ainge at second base. He also appeared in 59 games at Syracuse. Joe spent all of 1980 in the bigs, playing 70 games for the Blue Jays with only 50 at-bats. In 1981 and part of 1982 he was at Syracuse, and he spent part of 1982 with Knoxville. He finished his career in 1983 in A ball with the Kinston Blue Jays.

After years of coaching, he became a manager in 1991, and managed from 1991-1997 and 1999-2002. In 1991, a stadium in Hanover, MD was named after Joe.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1991 Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League 24-45 7th Toronto Blue Jays
1992 St. Catharines Blue Jays New York-Penn League 33-42 11th Toronto Blue Jays
1993 St. Catharines Blue Jays New York-Penn League 49-29 1st Toronto Blue Jays Lost in 1st round
1994 St. Catharines Blue Jays New York-Penn League 35-39 10th Toronto Blue Jays
1995 St. Catharines Stompers New York-Penn League 38-27 6th Toronto Blue Jays
1996 Hagerstown Suns South Atlantic League 70-71 9th Toronto Blue Jays
1997 Hagerstown Suns South Atlantic League 65-73 10th Toronto Blue Jays
1999 Danville Braves Appalachian League 38-31 5th Atlanta Braves
2000 Danville Braves Appalachian League 37-29 3rd Atlanta Braves Lost League Finals
2001 Lexington Legends South Atlantic League 92-48 1st Houston Astros League Champs
2002 Lexington Legends South Atlantic League 81-59 2nd Houston Astros

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