Joseph Jerome Cannon
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 193 lb.
- School Pensacola Junior College
- Debut September 22, 1977
- Final Game October 5, 1980
- Born July 13, 1953 in Camp Lejeune, NC USA
Joe Cannon, who was a first-round draft pick in the January 1974 amateur draft, 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.
- 1983 Player/coach Kinston Blue Jays
- 1984 Coach Kinston Blue Jays
- 1985-1990 Coach Knoxville Blue Jays
- 1991-1997 Manager in Blue Jays chain
- 1999-2000 Manager Danville Braves
- 2001-2002 Manager Lexington Legends
- 2007-2009 Coach Frederick Keys
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|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|