They were writing songs in Cleveland about "Super Joe" when he was the 1980 AL Rookie
of the Year (.289, 23 HR, 87 RBI). Then came one of the greatest downfalls in player
history. He was sent down halfway through 1981 after hitting only .208. He underwent
two back operations but never fully recuperated, and was released by the Indians'
AA Buffalo affiliate in May 1983 after giving fans an obscene salute. A "flake" who
would dye his hair exotic colors (or shave it off entirely), Charboneau impressed
his teammates by opening beer bottles with an eye socket
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»March 8, 1980:
While waiting for the team bus outside his hotel during the Cleveland Indians 3-game exhibition series against the Mexico City Reds, rookie OF Joe Charboneau is stabbed by a crazed fan wielding a ballpoint pen. The pen penetrates one inch and strikes a rib, sidelining Charboneau for four days, but he will recover to win the American League Rookie of the Year award.
»December 3, 1980:
Indians outfielder "Super Joe" Charboneau, who hit .289 with 23 home run and 87 RBI, is named American League Rookie of the Year.