93 (passed away Jan. 7th, 2021)
Sep. 22nd, 1927
Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA
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Thomas Charles Lasorda was an American professional baseball pitcher and manager. Lasorda spent 71 years in the Dodgers organization, starting as a player when the team was still based in Brooklyn. He later coached and then became its best-known manager for 21 years in Los Angeles, leading the franchise to two World Series championships. After stepping down in 1996, he became an ambassador for the sport he loved.
His pro career began when he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an undrafted free agent in 1945. He missed the 1946 and '47 seasons while serving in the Army. Lasorda returned in 1948 and once struck out 25 in a 15-inning game. In his next two starts, he struck out 15 and 13, gaining the attention of the Dodgers, who drafted him from the Phillies. He played in Panama and Cuba before making his major league debut on Aug. 5, 1954, for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Although he didn't play in the 1955 World Series, he won a ring as a member of the team.
He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 1997.
The beloved former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and manager died of a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at his home in Fullerton, Calif .
- He won pennants in 1977 and 1978, plus won the World Series in 1981 and 1988.
- Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1997.
- At the 2001 All Star game, while acting as honorary 3rd base coach, 'Vladimir Guerrero' (qv)'s bat broke and hit Lasorda in the chest, knocking him to the ground. 'Barry Bonds' (qv) tried to put a catcher's chest protector on Lasorda to protect him from further injury.
- Managed Los Angeles Dodgers to 1977 and 1978 National League Pennants and 1981 and 1988 World Series Championships.
- Record of 0 won and 4 losses with an ERA of 6.52 with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Kansas City from 1954 to 1956.
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