Ted Lyons (1923-1942, 1946)
Lyons, a revered figure in the annals of Chicago White Sox history, left an indelible mark on the franchise that resonates to this day. Spending his entire 21-year major league career with the White Sox from 1923 to 1946 (with three years off between 1943 and 1945 while serving in the military), Lyons exemplified loyalty, dedication, and excellence on and off the field.
A true pitching stalwart, Lyons was renowned for his durability and consistency. His 260 career victories, all with the White Sox, remain a testament to his prowess on the mound. He was the epitome of reliability, often shouldering heavy workloads and completing an impressive 356 games — a testament to his ironclad arm and unyielding determination.
Beyond his on-field achievements, Lyons embodied the spirit of the White Sox organization. He led with integrity as a player-manager during the twilight of his career, guiding the team with his wisdom and experience while also playing in 1946.
Lyons’s impact endures through the recognition he received. The White Sox retired his number 16 jersey as a tribute to his contributions.