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1980 Cleveland Indians
Major league affiliations
1980 information
Owner(s) F.J. "Steve" O'Neill
General manager(s) Phil Seghi
Manager(s) Jeff Torborg, Dave Garcia
Local television WUAB
(Bruce Drennan, Joe Tait)
Local radio WWWE
(Herb Score, Nev Chandler)



  • October 24, 1979: Paul Reuschel was released by the Indians.[1]
  • January 4, 1980: David Clyde and Jim Norris were traded by the Indians to the Texas Rangers for Gary Gray and Mike Bucci (minors).[2]
  • February 15, 1980: Bob Owchinko was traded by the San Diego Padres with Jim Wilhelm to the Cleveland Indians for Jerry Mumphrey. [3]

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's 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

AL East W L GB Pct.
New York Yankees 103 59 -- .636
Baltimore Orioles 100 62 3 .617
Milwaukee Brewers 86 76 17 .531
Detroit Tigers 84 78 19 .519
Boston Red Sox 83 77 19 .519
Cleveland Indians 79 81 23 .494
Toronto Blue Jays 67 95 36 .414

Notable transactions


1980 Cleveland Indians roster
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



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 Diloné, MiguelMiguel Diloné 132 528 180 .341 0 40
DH Charboneau, JoeJoe Charboneau 131 453 131 .289 23 87

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Díaz, BoBo Díaz 76 207 47 .227 3 32
Gray, GaryGary Gray 28 54 8 .148 2 4
Mora, AndrésAndrés Mora 9 18 2 .111 0 0


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Barker, LenLen Barker 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
Cruz, VíctorVíctor Cruz 55 6 7 12 3.45 88
Stanton, MikeMike Stanton 51 1 3 5 5.46 74
Collins, DonDon Collins 4 0 0 0 7.50 0

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League Gene Dusan
AA Chattanooga Lookouts Southern League Woody Smith
A Waterloo Indians Midwest League Cal Emery
Short-Season A Batavia Trojans New York-Penn League Rick Colzie





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