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Joseph Jerome Cannon (J.J.)

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Joe Cannon, who was a first-round draft pick in January 1974, was in the majors from 1977 to 1980.

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 that year. 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 had 8 games in the majors. After the season was over, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, who had just finished their second year as a franchise.

Joe got most of his major league at-bats with the 1979 Blue Jays, a team which had the 39-year-old Rico Carty at DH and the 20-year-old Danny Ainge at second base. He also appeared in 59 games at Syracuse.

Joe did not appear in the minors in 1980, playing in 70 games for the Blue Jays but getting only 50 at-bats. In 1981 and part of 1982 he was at Syracuse again, and spent part of 1982 with Knoxville. 1983 was with Kinston as by now he was descending the ladder he had earlier ascended.

After years of coaching, he became a manager in 1991, and managed during 1991-1997 and 1999-2002.

His cousin Willie Broughton was an infielder in the San Francisco Giants chain in 1960.

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

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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