CHICAGO (AP) – LaMarr Hoyt, who won the 1983 AL Cy Young Award with the Chicago White Sox, has died. He was 66.
The White Sox announced his death on Wednesday. The team said he died Monday in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, after a long illness.
Hoyt went 98-68 with an ERA of 3.99 in eight years in the majors. He also had 48 fights in his career, including eight shutouts and 10 saves.
The 6-foot-3 right-handed player was the 1985 All-Star Game MVP, pitching three innings of one-run ball in the National League’s 6-1 victory over AL. That year with San Diego was the only All-Star selection in his career.
“My first impression of LaMarr was, ‘Here’s a pitcher.’ another stay in Chicago. “We brought him up to the major leagues in 1979, and nothing bothered him. He had this impressively cool, where he thought that if he made his pitches, he would get batsmen out. He met teams several times in a season, but was able to change his appearance and keep them out of balance. What a fantastic competitor. ”
Former White Sox pitcher Richard Dotson called Hoyt “a great pitcher and a great teammate.”
“We sat and talked pitching for hours,” said Dotson, who won 22 games in 1983 for Al West champion White Sox. “He really knew how to pitch. His stuff was never big, but he had a great sinker and unique command. LaMarr, Britt Burns, Harold Baines and I all came up to the big leagues around the same time and grew up together, “which eventually led to the memorable 1983 season. We will all miss him.”
Hoyt was selected by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the 1973 amateur draft, but he never played for them in the majors. He was traded to the White Sox in April 1977 in a multiplayer deal that moved Bucky Dent to New York.
He made his major league debut two years later with two pointless relief appearances for the White Sox in September.
Hoyt became an important part of Chicago’s rotation in 1982, leading the AL in victories while going 19-15 with an ERA of 3.53 in 39 games, including 32 starts.
He followed that up with the best year of his career. He went 24-10 with an ERA of 3.66 in 36 starts in 1983, helping the White Sox win the division title. He led the majors in victories and took home the AL Cy Young Award, beating Kansas City reliever Dan Quisenberry.
Hoyt then played his only postseason appearance, hitting a five-hitter in a 2-1 win over Scott McGregor and Baltimore in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series. The Orioles followed with three wins in a row, eliminating the White Sox.
Hoyt played one more year for Chicago before being traded to San Diego in a multiplayer deal that brought Ozzie Guillen to the White Sox.
In 1985, Hoyt went 16-8 with an ERA of 3.47 in 31 starts. He played one more year for the Padres before retiring.
“He really loved being a part of the White Sox organization, and I can say without a doubt that those were the best years of his life,” said the eldest son Matthew Hoyt. “All he talked about in his last days was baseball, the White Sox and all his former teammates.”