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 Posted: Mon Mar 26th, 2018 06:36 pm
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Who remembers “Smokin” Joe Charboneau of Cleveland Indians fame and folklore?

Charboneau was the baseball prophet sent to the Cleveland Indians to lead them to the Promised Land in 1980.  He boomed onto the scene with his play on the field and his crazy and zaniness off the field.   Charboneau became the AL Rookie of the Year.

In 1981, it seems Charboneau came crashing down to reality.  He became and in some circles still is the grand poster-child for the fabled Sophomore Jinx.  He holds re it’s for fewest games played by a Rookie of the Year (201).
Charboneau was riddled with arguments with coaches, barroom fights and injuries from the time he was drafted by Minnesota until he exited out of the Major Leagues.




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The Tribe fans swarming around Smokin’ Joe.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 26th, 2018 06:52 pm
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Before my time but I've heard all the stories. Certainly he was an eccentric guy who got into the fights that you mentioned and also I recall the story about how he didn't believe in doctors and fixed his own broken nose with a rusty old pair of pliers (not sure how true that is but it's a great story). He also died his hair different colors and was probably an alcoholic.

That said, circumstances conspired against him a bit. I think he got hurt in spring training 1981 and didn't tell anyone about it and tried to play through the pain, and of course that was the strike year too, so between those things it was just a completely wasted year. All his momentum was gone and the team didn't want to deal with him anymore.  When he got off to slow start in '82, he was sent down within 3 weeks and that was the end of his MLB career.  You could argue that he deserved a much longer look in '82 to get back into form.  It's not like they were a very good team anyway.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 26th, 2018 07:14 pm
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I wish this guy had a 20 year career. He was different & just plaiin nuts. He did his own dental work, no dfoubt with the same pliers he used to fix his nose. He also ate cigarettes
& drank beer thru his nose with a straw. You see why he wanted to fix his nose. He also was able to open a bottle of beer with his eye socket.
Baseball could use more colorful players like Joe.A group of fans in Cleveland recorded a song about JC & it was a big hit in Cleveland. 
Pete franklin used to play it every night on his show.Here's the song, featuring Section 36







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