The team announced that former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda (Tommy Lasorda) died at the age of 93.
He had a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at home on Thursday night and was taken to the hospital. Less than an hour later, he was pronounced dead.
Lasorda was admitted to the hospital for a heart attack on November 8 and did not go home until Tuesday.
From 1976 to 1996, he managed the Dodgers, winning two world championships, four national league pennants and eight division championships. He was twice named NL Manager of the Year and won 1,599 professional games.
— January 8, 2021, Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers)
Lasorda was born on September 22, 1927. He grew up in Norristown, a blue-collar city on the outskirts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1945, the 18-year-old left-handed pitcher signed a contract with his hometown Philly Organization and made a major breakthrough.
LaSorda said in 1997: “I am not very capable, but I can assure you one thing, when I stand on that exciting hillside, I don’t believe anyone alive can beat me.” “If They did hit me, and I do think it was an accident.”
Lasorda’s baseball career was interrupted in 1946 and 1947 due to serving in the US military. Lasorda returned in 1948 and did not miss any beats. On May 31 of that year, he defeated 25 batsmen in 15 games where Schenectady defeated Amsterdam and singled out in a decisive match. After that season, Lasorda was selected by the Brooklyn Dodgers in the minor league draft and began a long-term relationship with the team.
Lasorda entered the majors with the Dodgers in 1954 and 1955, respectively. He also pitched for the Kansas City track and field team in 1956, but he has never played in a major league game since. He withdrew from pitching in 1960.
With the end of his career, Lasorda has been with the Dodgers. Before becoming a minor league manager from 1965 to 1972, he had been a scout for the team. The 75 players that LaSorda managed among minors later entered the major leagues.
In 1973, Lasorda became the third base coach of the Dodgers under the leadership of Hall of Fame manager Walter Alston. When Alston retired in 1976, Lasorda was appointed as his successor.
Lasorda quickly achieved success in Los Angeles. In 1977 and 1978, he led the Dodgers to the National League Championship, but lost to the Yankees in both seasons. In 1981, when the Dodgers defeated the Yankees in six games, LaSorda finally won his first World Series championship. The Dodgers also won the 1988 World Series under the leadership of Lasorda. In October, he participated in the 6th victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, which was the Dodgers’ first World Series championship since LaSorda in 1988.
After 20 seasons, Lasorda retired in 1996 as Dodgers manager out of health concerns. He was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1997, but LaSorda is still active in the sport. He has held various positions in the Dodgers and was the manager of the US team, which won the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and the latter won the favor of Cuba. Lasorda was also the official ambassador of the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement on Friday: “His passion, success, charisma and sense of humor have made him an international celebrity, which he uses to develop Our status in this sport.” “Tommy welcomes Dodgers from Mexico, Dominican Republic, Japan, Korea and other places, which makes baseball a stronger, more diverse and better game.”
Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully has always been the 67-year-old voice of the Dodgers. He missed Lasorda’s energy and energy.
Scully said in a statement: “Tommy has two things I will always remember.” “The first is his endless passion. Tommy will be filled with beans in the morning until he is with other people. stand up.
“The other is his determination. He is a guy with limited abilities, and he strives to be an excellent triple-A shooter. He has never had anything extra like other professional players, but it’s not because he doesn’t. That’s it. Some of these things: his competitive spirit, his determination, and most importantly, this infinite energy and self-confidence. His heart is greater than his talent, and his enthusiasm is not foul.”
LaSorda is a distant relative of Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza (Mike Piazza) and the godfather of Piazza’s brother Tommy. In the 62nd round of the 1988 draft, the Dodgers chose Pi Yaza played an important role. Piazza has been selected to the All-Star for 12 consecutive times, with a career average of .308 field goals. He is one of the nine NL rookies of the year played for the Dodgers under Lasorda. The square completed 427 home runs, including a record No. 396 receiver.
In 2009, LaSorda’s portrait was hung in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. Lasorda No. 2 was retired by the Dodgers in 1997, and the main street leading to the entrance of the Dodgers complex in Vero Beach, Florida, was renamed Tommy Lasorda Lane that year.
Former Dodge pitcher Orel Hershiser said: “Fifty years from now, we will still know Tommy Lasorda, he is a great ambassador of baseball.” “And I think it will be the first thing in his resume.”