Wednesday, April 6, 2016

#520 - LaMarr Hoyt

What a card: LaMarr Hoyt's 1984 season for the White Sox didn't go nearly as well as his 1983 season. He went from winning the most games in the American League (24) in '83 to losing the most games (18) in '84.

My observation on the front: Pitching gut!

More opinion from me: Out of all the ridiculous uniforms of the '70s and '80s, this is the one that I felt the most sorry for the players who were wearing it, even worse than those silly shorts the White Sox wore.

Something you might know: Hoyt won the Cy Young Award in 1983, helping lead the White Sox to its first pennant since 1959. He was the All-Star Game MVP in 1985 while pitching for the Padres.

Something you might not know: When Pete Rose was going for the all-time career hit record in 1985, Hoyt wanted to be part of major league history and asked his catcher, Terry Kennedy, what kind of pitches Rose liked so he could throw one that Rose could deliver for the record-breaking hit. Hoyt grooved his pitches to Rose, but Rose went 0-for-4 and the Padres won 3-2. The next night, Rose got a hit on his first at-bat against Hoyt's pitching mate, Eric Show.

My observation on the back: Hoyt's pinpoint control was legendary. His 31 walks in 260 innings in 1983 came just four walks short of the all-time record for 250-plus innings, set by Cy Young in 1904.

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