The “Bogalusa Bomber,” Spikes played for nine years in the big leagues. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 1969 draft and made his way up with New York in 1972 but was dealt to the Cleveland Indians following the season. He blasted 23 home runs for the Tribe in 1973, then had the best year of his career in 1974, hitting .271 with 22 home runs while setting career highs in RBIs (80), stolen bases (10) and doubles (23) while also scoring 63 runs. Spikes never again approached this level of production. His home run total dropped to 11 in 1975 and by 1977 he was a reserve for Cleveland. He joined the Detroit Tigers for a season in 1978, then finished his career playing two years for the Atlanta Braves. In 670 games Spikes hit .246 with 65 home runs.
Charlie Spikes – career stats