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  1. How do you not include Joe Charboneau and Fidrych on the list -- is it because they were playing prior to Fantasy? The topic is "Biggest one time wonders, Guys who exploded for Monster season out of blue"
  2. The thing about Joe is that he disappeared after the one year. It was like he made a deal with the devil and he was gone after that. Guys mentioned in this thread went on to play and perform, possibly not at the same level. however, they did not disappear like Super Joe. Another guy that comes to mind is Mark Fidrych. He was another Rookie of the year in 1976. He won 19 games that year with a sub 2.50 era and won a combined 10 more games the rest of his career. The guy was awesome to watch in 76.
  3. Joe Charboneau, without a doubt. He is and will be defined as the one year wonder. What a character -- I recall him opening bottle caps with his eye socket. In any event, the following is his write up in Wikipedia: Joseph Charboneau (born June 17, 1955 in Belvidere, Illinois) was a Major League Baseball player for the Cleveland Indians and is one of the most often-cited examples of baseball's fabled sophomore jinx. "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. While not as wild as Dennis Rodman, 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. Charboneau injured his back in a headfirst slide in spring training the following year, and he never hit higher than .214 in the major leagues again. He was sent to the minors halfway through the 1981 season after hitting only .210--becoming the first Rookie of the Year to find himself back in the minors the following season--and only appeared in 22 games in 1982. He underwent back surgery twice but never fully recovered, and the Indians released him in 1983. Charboneau now works as a minor-league hitting coach. Charboneau was an extra in the 1984 film The Natural.
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