Hall of Famer Ted Lyons pitched for the Chicago White Sox for 21 years. His 260 lifetime wins are the highest in the team's history. Lyons never played an inning of minor league baseball and went straight from Baylor University to the White Sox. He possessed excellent control of his fastball and hard curve.
In 1939, Lyons pitched 42 straight inning without allowing a walk.
He was known as the fastest throwing pitcher; and once hurled a complete game in one hour and 18 minutes.
Ted Lyons had the misfortune of never pitching in a World Series as the Chicago White Sox seldom contended for the pennant during his tenure.
In 1930, Lyons led the AL in wins with 22, complete games 30, and in innings 307 although the White Sox finished 7th. In 1935, he again led the league in victories going 22-11, shutouts with five for the 5th place White Sox. The next year he hurled a no-hitter and in 1927, Lyons again led the league in wins with 22 as the White Sox ended 5th again.
Ted Lyons was ranked as the best fielder of his time and was also a great hitting pitcher. His 364 career hits are 11th highest of all-time for pitchers. In his later years, he started throwing a knuckleball and at age 41 he went 14-6, leading the league with a 2.10 ERA.
Always considered as one of baseball's nice guys, in 1940, 'The Chicago Tribune Newspaper' sponsored a 'Ted Lyons Day' and asked fans to send a dime towards a gift. The response was overwhelming - the 'Chicago Tribune' collected enough dimes from fans to buy Lyons a new car. Ted Lyons managed the White Sox, 1946-48 and his number 16 uniform was retired by the White Sox.
Ted Lyons, Hall of Fame career: 260-230, ERA 3.67, 594 games, 356-GC, 27 shutouts, 23 saves, 4161 innings, 1073 K's, 1121 walks. baseballhistorian.com