Winner of the AL Cy Young Award LaMarr Hoyt passed away last Monday at the age of 66. Theo statement released by the White Sox, Mathew Hoyt (LaMarr’s eldest son) said his father is suffering from cancer.
Hoyt appeared in parts of eight MLB seasons from 1979-1986, with the first six of them with the White Sox and the final two with the Padres. A fifth-round pick for the Yankees in the 1973 draft, Hoyt was settled with Oscar Gamble, Bob Polinsky, the minor league leader, and $200k to the White Sox in April 1977 in a trade that turned out to be remarkable for both teams. , when New York chooses Bucky Dent in exchange.
It didn’t take long for Hoyt to win over Tony La Russa, whose first season as a major league manager with the White Sox coincided with Hoyt’s first appearance on The Show.
“My first impression of LaMarr was, ‘This is a pitcher.’ He’s got the stuff of average but great command and tremendous confidence, and he never shows fear.,” La Russa said in the White Sox media release. “We took him to the big leagues in 1979 and nothing bothered him. He had such an impressive game that he believes that if he pitches his ball, he will become more popular. He has faced teams multiple times in a season but can change his looks and throw them off balance. What a great competitor.”
Hoyt didn’t become a full-time member of the Chicago wheel until 1982, and he immediately made his mark by leading the American League with 19 wins and a 3.53 ERA. This set the stage for Hoyt’s signature 1983, placing him along with Early Wynn and Jack McDowell as the only White Sox pitchers to ever win the Cy Young Award.
In that dream season, Hoyt led the pro leagues in wins (24) and walk percentage (3.0% small) in 260 2/3 innings while posting an ERA of 3.66 and leading top Sox to the AL West title. Hoyt also had a complete match to secure Chicago’s only win over the Orioles in that year’s ALCS, as Hoyt held the eventual World Series O’s champion by just five shots in White’s 2-1 win. Number x.
After struggling in 1984, Hoyt was settled that season to San Diego as part of a seven-player deal – it was another notable move in White Sox history, as the long-time Chicago player year and future Series winning manager Ozzie Guillen joined the Sox in that swap. Hoyt played well in 1985 and earned a spot on the NL All-Star team, but his record dwindled in 1986 and he never threw a ball again in the professional league. Hoyt’s career ended quickly due to injuries, as well as struggle with substance abuse and legal issues that resulted in Major League Baseball’s one-year suspension.
Hoyt posted a 3.99 ERA in 1311 1/3 innings with the White Sox and Padres, relying on his superb control. Hoyt’s 5.1% walk rate is the seventh lowest of any qualified pitcher between 1979-1986 and of the six pitchers ahead of Hoyt on the roster, only Hall-of-Famer Dennis Eckersley threw more innings.
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