(Audacy) Former White Sox pitcher LaMarr Hoyt died Monday in Columbia, South Carolina after a lengthy illness, the team said in a statement Wednesday. He was 66.
Hoyt won the American League Cy Young award in 1983 while playing for the White Sox, leading the league with 24 wins and carrying that strong play into the postseason. He dominated with a complete game, surrendering only one run, for the team's lone win in the AL Championship Series. Hoyt had also led the American League in wins (19) in 1982.
Following the 1984 season, the White Sox traded Hoyt and two minor leaguers to the San Diego Padres, netting Ozzie Guillen, Tim Lollar, Bill Long and Luis Salazar in return. Hoyt then went on to earn his first All-Star nod with the Padres in 1985, with a 16-8 record and his typical pinpoint control on full display. In the All-Star Game, he dazzled against a talented AL lineup.
The post from the White Sox announcing Hoyt's passing was filled with thoughts and stories from his former teammates, coaches and family members. His oldest son, Mathew, spoke of how his days playing in Chicago were "without a doubt ... the best years of his life." He played for the White Sox from 1979-'84.
Tony La Russa, who began managing the White Sox the same year that Hoyt was promoted to the big leagues and led the club during Hoyt's whole stint in Chicago, lauded his competitive mentality.
"My first impression of LaMarr was, ‘Here is a pitcher,'" La Russa said. "He had average stuff but amazing command and tremendous confidence, and he never showed fear. We brought him up to the big leagues in 1979 and nothing bothered him. He had this impressive cool where he believed if he made his pitches, he would get hitters out. He faced teams multiple times in a season but could change up his looks and keep them off balance.
"What a great competitor."