Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1955
Ted Lyons, baseball's most consistent pitcher for two decades, won 260 games in his 21 seasons with the moribund Chicago White Sox. After jumping straight from the Baylor University campus to the Major Leagues, he won 20 games three times, leading the league twice. In 1942, the 41-year-old Lyons enjoyed one of the most unusual seasons in baseball history: as the White Sox's drawing card, he pitched nearly every Sunday afternoon and went 14-6 with a league-leading 2.10 ERA, completing all 20 of his starts. He managed the Sox for three seasons following his playing career.