Tommy Lasorda, the baseball coach and supervisor who managed the Los Angeles Dodgers for 20 years, has died. He was 93.
“Tommy Lasorda was one of the best managers our recreation has ever recognized,” mentioned MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. “He liked life as a Dodger. His profession started as a pitcher in 1949 however he’s, of course, greatest often known as the supervisor of two World Sequence champions and 4 pennant-winning golf equipment. His ardour, success, charisma and sense of humor turned him into a world movie star, a stature that he used to develop our sport. Tommy welcomed Dodger gamers from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea and elsewhere — making baseball a stronger, extra various and higher recreation. He served Main League Baseball because the World Ambassador for the primary two editions of the World Baseball Basic and managed Workforce USA to gold within the 2000 Summer time Olympics in Sydney. Tommy liked household, america, the Nationwide Pastime and the Dodgers, and he made all of them proud throughout a memorable baseball life.”
Lasorda managed the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1976 to 1996, and was inducted into the Nationwide Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2020, Lasorda celebrated his 71st yr as half of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers group, which is the longest tenure anybody has had with the group.
Lasorda was born on Sept. 22, 1927 in Norristown, Penn. Earlier than he turned an government, Lasorda began his profession as a Main League Baseball pitcher, enjoying for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1954 to 1955 and the Kansas Metropolis Athletics in 1956. Lasorda then went on to handle a handful of minor league groups, together with the Dodgers’ AAA Pacific Coast League group the Spokane Indians from 1969 to 1971. When the Dodgers moved the membership to the Albuquerque Dukes, Lasorda stayed on as supervisor, and the group gained the PCL championship in 1972.
In 1973, Lasorda joined the Dodgers as a third-base coach for Hall of Fame supervisor Walter Alston. When Alston retired in 1976, Lasorda turned the Dodgers’ supervisor. Throughout his 20-year tenure as supervisor, Lasorda scored a document of 1,599 to 1,439 and gained two World Sequence titles, in 1981 and 1988. On the time of his retirement, Lasorda’s 16 wins in 30 Nationwide League championship video games have been probably the most of any supervisor.
Lasorda additionally made a number of movie and tv appearances, together with voicing commentator Fortunate Lasorda in “Homeward Certain II: Misplaced in San Francisco,” portraying the Dugout Wizard in tv present “The Baseball Bunch” and making a cameo look in 1992’s “Ladybugs” alongside Rodney Dangerfield. Lasorda additionally appeared as himself in reveals like “All people Loves Raymond,” “Silver Spoons, “Who’s The Boss?,” “CHiPs,” “Hart to Hart,” “Fantasy Island,” “Hee Haw,” “Simon & Simon” and “American Restoration.”
“I’m extraordinarily lucky to have developed a beautiful friendship with Tommy and will miss him,” mentioned Manfred. “It feels applicable that in his ultimate months, he noticed his beloved Dodgers win the World Sequence for the primary time since his 1988 group. On behalf of Main League Baseball, I ship my deepest sympathy to his spouse of 70 years, Jo, and their whole household, the Dodger group and their generations of loyal followers.”