Tommy Lasorda

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Tommy Lasorda
Pitcher / Manager
Born: (1927-09-22)September 22, 1927
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: January 7, 2021(2021-01-07) (aged 93)
Fullerton, California, U.S.
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 5, 1954, for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
July 8, 1956, for the Kansas City Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record0–4
Earned run average6.48
Managerial record1,599–1,439
Winning %.526
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Election MethodVeterans Committee

Thomas Charles Lasorda (September 22, 1927 – January 7, 2021) was a Major League Baseball player. He had a long career in sports management.

In 2009, he marked his sixth decade in one capacity or another with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the longest discontinuous (he played one season with the Kansas City Athletics) tenure anyone has had with the team, edging Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully by two seasons. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 1997.

Lasorda came out of retirement to manage the United States team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He led the Americans to the gold medal, beating heavily favored Cuba, which had won the gold medals at the two previous Olympics.

With the death of Red Schoendienst on June 6, 2018, Lasorda was the oldest living Hall-of-Famer.

In November 2020, Lasorda was hospitalized and was discharged the next month.[1] On January 7, 2021, Lasorda went to cardiac arrest at his home in Fullerton, California and died a few hours later, aged 93.[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Bill Plunkett (December 2, 2020). "Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda continues to improve, moves out of intensive care". Orange County Register. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  2. Burke, Don (January 8, 2021). "Tommy Lasorda, Dodgers icon, dead at 93". New York Post. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  3. Muder, Craig (January 8, 2021). "Lasorda Embodied Spirit of the Game for a Lifetime". National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved January 8, 2021.

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