Former White Sox pitcher LaMarr Hoyt passes away
By: Mike Stiles - Thursday, December 2, 2021

LaMarr Hoyt (photo courtesy of AP)

(UNDATED) - LaMarr Hoyt, who won the 1983 American League Cy Young Award with the Chicago White Sox has died. He was 66. The White Sox announced his death Wednesday. The team said he died Monday in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, following a lengthy illness. Hoyt went 98-68 with a 3.99 ERA in eight years in the majors. He had 48 career complete games, including eight shutouts, and 10 saves. The 6 foot 3 right-hander was the 1985 All-Star Game MVP, pitching three innings of one-run ball in the National League's 6-1 victory over the AL. That year with San Diego was the only All-Star selection of his career. White Sox Manager Tony La Russa, who returned last year for a second stint in Chicago says LaMarr had average stuff but amazing command and tremendous confidence, and never showed fear. Former White Sox pitcher Richard Dotson called Hoyt "a great pitcher and a great teammate." 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 big league debut two years later with two scoreless relief appearances for the White Sox in September. Hoyt became a key part of Chicago's rotation in 1982, leading the AL in wins while going 19-15 with a 3.53 ERA in 39 games, including 32 starts. He followed that up with the best year of his career. He went 24-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 36 starts in 1983, helping the White Sox win the division title. He led the majors in wins and took home the AL Cy Young Award, beating out Kansas City Royals reliever Dan Quisenberry. Hoyt then made his only postseason appearance, pitching a five-hitter in a 2-1 victory over Scott McGregor and the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series. The Orioles followed with three consecutive wins, eliminating the White Sox. After one more year in Chicago, Hoyt was traded to San Diego in a multiplayer deal that landed Ozzie Guillen with the White Sox. In 1985, Hoyt went 16-8 with a 3.47 ERA in 31 starts. He played one more year for the Padres before retiring.