|Pitcher / Manager|
|Born: September 22, 1927|
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died: January 7, 2021 (aged 93)|
Fullerton, California, U.S.
|August 5, 1954, for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 8, 1956, for the Kansas City Athletics|
|Earned run average||6.48|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Member of the National|
|Baseball Hall of Fame|
|Election Method||Veterans Committee|
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. On January 7, 2021, Lasorda went to cardiac arrest at his home in Fullerton, California and died a few hours later, aged 93.
References[change | change source]
- 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.
- Burke, Don (January 8, 2021). "Tommy Lasorda, Dodgers icon, dead at 93". nypost.com. New York Post. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
- Muder, Craig (January 8, 2021). "Lasorda Embodied Spirit of the Game for a Lifetime". baseballhall.org. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Lasorda's blog, "Tommy's World" at MLBlogs.com
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)