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Regular season

"Super Joe" Charboneau made his debut with the Indians in 1980, splitting time between left field and designated hitter. His 23 home runs led the team and he captured the city's imagination with his hard hitting and his eccentricities. His tendency to dye his hair unnatural colors, open beer bottles with his eye socket, and drink beer with a straw through his nose, and other stories that emerged about how he did his own dental work and fixed a broken nose with a pair of pliers and a few shots of Jack Daniel'smarker whiskey, stood out in 1980. By mid-season, Charboneau was the subject of a song--"Go Joe Charboneau"--that reached #3 on the local charts.

He finished the season with 87 runs batted in and a .289 batting average while winning the American League Rookie of the Year award--all in spite of being stabbed with a ball-point pen by a crazed fan as he waited for the team bus on March 8. The pen penetrated an inch and hit a rib, but Charboneau played his first regular-season game just over a month later, on April 11. He missed the final six weeks of the season with a pelvis injury.

Season standings

Notable transactions


1980 Cleveland Indians roster
Pitchers CatchersInfielders OutfieldersOther batters ManagerCoaches

Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
LF 132 528 180 .341 0 40
DH 131 453 131 .289 23 87

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
76 207 47 .227 3 32
28 54 8 .148 2 4
9 18 2 .111 0 0


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
36 246.1 19 12 4.17 187

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
55 6 7 12 3.45 88
51 1 3 5 5.46 74
4 0 0 0 7.50 0

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system




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