LaMarr Hoyt, 1983 LA Cy Young Award Winner, Dies at 66

CHICAGO – LaMarr Hoyt, who won the 1983 American League Cy Young Award with the Chicago White Sox, has died. He was 66 years old.

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 was 98-68 with a 3.99 ERA in eight years in the majors. He had 48 complete games in his career, including eight shutouts and 10 saves.

The 6-foot-3 right-hander was the MVP of the 1985 All-Star Game, pitching three innings of a career in the National League’s 6-1 victory over the American League. That year with the San Diego was the only All-Star pick of his career.

“My first impression of LaMarr was, ‘Here’s a pitcher.’ He had average material but amazing dominance and tremendous confidence, and he never showed fear,” said White Sox manager Tony La Russa, who returned last season. for a second season in Chicago. “We took him to the majors in 1979, and nothing bothered him. He had this awesome genius where he believed if he threw his pitches, he would get hitters out. He faced teams multiple times in a season, but he could change his look and keep them off balance. What a great competitor. “

Former White Sox pitcher Richard Dotson called Hoyt “a great pitcher and a great teammate.”

“We’d sit and talk about pitching for hours,” said Dotson, who won 22 games in 1983 for the White Sox, the American League West champions. “He really knew how to pitch. His material was never great, but he had great weight and exceptional mastery. LaMarr, Britt Burns, Harold Baines and I made it to the majors at the same time and grew up together, which eventually led to that. 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 never played for them in the majors. He was traded to the White Sox in April 1977 in a multi-player deal that moved Bucky Dent to New York.

He made his major league debut two years later with two blank relief appearances for the White Sox in September.

Hoyt became a key part of Chicago’s rotation in 1982, leading the American League in victories with a 19-15 record with a 3.53 ERA in 39 games, including 32 starts.

He continued with the best year of his career. He was 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 American League Cy Young Award, beating Kansas City Royals reliever Dan Quisenberry.

Hoyt made his only postseason appearance, throwing five hits in a 2-1 victory over Scott McGregor and the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. The Orioles followed up with three straight 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 was 16-8 with a 3.47 ERA 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 his oldest son Matthew Hoyt. “The only thing he talked about in his final days was baseball, the White Sox and all his former teammates.”