He does, however,
have one substance abuse problem: cars. He's addicted. He has owned a
12-cylinder, metallic-red Jaguar, that gorgeous white Porsche and a white
Lamborghini, among others.
reveal what beauties lurk in his garage these days. "He doesn't want the
cops to know," says Esther.
Jose Canseco Sr.
was only 19 when he married Barbara Capaz, a beautiful girl by anyone's
reckoning, happy, charming and a wonderful seamstress and cook. She bore him a
daughter, Teresa, and they lived well off Jose's job as an oil executive with
Esso in Cuba. But when Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, Canseco lost not
only his job but also his house and his car. He made a living giving English
lessons at $15 a month out of his home in Havana.
On July 2, 1964,
Barbara bore twins. The first the Cansecos named Osvaldo Capaz, after Jose's
late brother, who was killed working on La Cubre, a ship carrying ammunition to
Castro. The ship was sabotaged. The second, born two minutes later, they named
Jose Jr., no middle name. The birth was complicated, and during delivery
Barbara received a blood transfusion.
On Dec. 5, 1965,
the Cansecos were finally allowed to leave Cuba for the U.S., with less than
$50 and no job prospects. They moved to Opa-Locka, Fla., and lived with their
only American connection, Jose Sr.'s sister, Lelia.
Jose Sr. kept the
family fed by working two jobs at a time—at a gas station by day, as a security
guard by night. Today, after much sacrifice, he has a home in Miami and is a
well-paid executive with Amoco. He did not return our calls.
outs are sometimes as unforgettable as his home runs. He once hit a line drive
that nearly decapitated shortstop Billy Spiers of the Brewers. "If Billy
doesn't get his glove in front of his face, that ball kills him," says
Parker. In Detroit, Canseco once drove a ball so hard that Tiger third baseman
Rick Schu caught it in his glove and was knocked over by the force of the
comes to bat, A's third base coach Rene Lachemann moves down the line, about
six feet beyond the coaching box. "It's for health reasons," Lachemann
Canseco hit a shot that caused A's play-by-play radio announcer Bill King to
say: "There's a line drive over short, it's in the gap, it's gone!"
swear they'll not be surprised the day Canseco lines off the wall into a double