4. Ted Lyons
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: December 28, 1900 in Lake Charles, LA USA
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 02, 1923
  • Final Game: May 19, 1946
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1925
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1926
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1926
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1927
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1927
  • TSN All-Star - 1927
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1930
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1930
 
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Ted Lyons went to Baylor University, where he played baseball and was planning to go after a law degree.  Instead, he signed with the Chicago White Sox, the only team that he would ever play professionally for at the Major League level.  Most of the time, when we say that, we are referring to the organization (including their minor league affiliates), or in other cases, the only team in the Majors.  Here, this is precisely what is implied, as Lyons never played a game in the minors.

Lyons was used mostly in the bullpen in his first two seasons (1923 & 1924), and he was affixed as a starter in 1925.  Initially a fastball pitcher, Lyons would lead the American League twice (1925 & 1927) and had a third season in 1930 where he would win 20 Games (22).  Injuries would pile up, and he would not be able to throw as hard, but he reinvented himself with an assortment of curve and knuckleballs, and he remained a viable starter until his early 40's.  In 1936, he would lead the AL in BB/9 and would do so again three more straight times from 1939 to 1941.  His control became so good that he also led the AL in SO/BB twice (1939 & 1941) despite barely striking out more than 60 batters those years.  In fact, in 1942, at age 41, he would win his only ERA title with a career-high 2.10. 

The Pitcher spent the next three years serving in the U.S. Military during World War II, and he came back for one season at age 45.  Lyons would win 260 Games for the White Sox, a franchise high.

Lyons would enter Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent 6/1/23.
  • Departed: Released 6/14/46.
  • Games Played: 594
  • Notable Statistics: 260 Wins
    230 Losses
    484 Games Started
    3.67 ERA
    256 Complete Games
    91 Games Finished
    25 Saves
    4,161.0 Innings Pitched
    1,073 Strikeouts
    4.01 FIP
    1.348 WHIP
    70.4 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1939)
    Lowest ERA (1942)
    Most Wins (1925 & 1927)
    Lowest WHIP (1939)
    Lowest BB/9 (1936, 1939, 1940 & 1941)
    Most Innings Pitched (1927 & 1930)
    Most Complete Games (1927 & 1930)
    Most Shutouts 1925 & 1940)
    Highest SO/BB (1939 & 1941)
    Highest ERA+ (1942)
    Lowest FIP (1939)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1925)
    Most Putouts by a Pitcher (1928)
    Most Assists by a Pitcher (1926 & 1930)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Pitcher (1926, 1930 & 1941)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1935, 1936 & 1937)

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