RIP Tommy Lasorda

Tommy Lasorda was born September 22, 1927. He was a hardcore baseball lifer, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 and 1955 and for the Kansas City Athletics in 1956. After retiring from playing, Lasorda worked as a scout for the Dodgers and eventually worked his way into coaching. He coached for the Dodgers from 1973 through 1976 before taking over as manager of the club.  Lasorda led the Dodgers to four NL pennants and two World Series championships during his tenure. Upon retiring from the managerial position in 1996, he continued to work for the Dodgers in a variety of roles for the rest of his life.

Lasorda was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 as a manager in his first year of eligibility. He died January 7, 2021 from a cardiopulmonary arrest in Fullerton, California at the age of 93.

Rest in peace.

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LA Dodgers


Quote of the day

My wife tells me one day, “I think you love baseball more than me.” I say, “Well, I guess that’s true, but hey, I love you more than football and hockey.”

~Tommy Lasorda

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Quote of the day

About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure.

~Tommy Lasorda

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Sporting News


Quote of the day

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.

~Tommy Lasorda

 

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Quote of the day

Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts.

~Tommy Lasorda

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LA Times


Tommy Lasorda’s Hall of Fame induction speech

Manager Tommy Lasorda was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.  He managed the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1976-1996, and spent more than sixty years as part of the Dodgers organization.  I particularly enjoy the story about John McNamara.


Quote of the day

The saddest day of the year is the day baseball season ends.

~Tommy Lasorda

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images


Quote of the day

I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer.

~Tommy Lasorda

Sporting News

Sporting News


Quote of the day

Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it’s because you’ve started to think of failure.

~Tommy Lasorda

Tommy Lasorda’s World, MLBlogs.com


Quote of the day

There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.

~Tommy Lasorda

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