Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Even More Mail From Drew - LaMarr Hoyt Signed Baseball

Another player Drew was able to have sign for me was former Cy Young Award winner LaMarr Hoyt.

Hoyt pitched from 1979 to 1986 for the White Sox and Padres. He had a career record of 98-68 with a 3.99 ERA and 681 strikeouts. He won the Cy Young Award in 1983 when he went 24-10 with an ERA of 3.66 and 148 strikeouts. I didn't know until I looked him up that he was from Columbia, SC.
Hoyt's once promising career was derailed by numerous off the field problems that revolved around drug use. He was arrested 4 times on various drug possession charges and was banned at one time by then commissioner Peter Uberroth. The ban was lifted by an arbitrator, but Hoyt would never make it back onto a Major League field. Today, he is drug free and serves as a roving instructor in the White Sox system. He is definitely one of those 'could have been' players who you wonder just how good he could have been if he had been able to successfully battle his demons before they ruined his career.


Cheap Card Collecting said...

pretty cool that your friend sends you these balls!

Drew said...

I never realized until after I met him that he got in so much trouble. In fact, I knew close to nothing about him, but it was still cool to meet him nonetheless.