Long time Los Angeles Dodgers Manager, Tommy Lasorda, has passed away at the age of 93.
Mr. Lasorda was born on September 22nd, 1927 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the second of five sons.
He started out as a pitcher, but only made a few appearances in the major leagues, playing mostly in the minor leagues from 1945 to 1960. He would appear for both the Brooklyn Dodgers and Kansas City Athletics. One of the minor league teams he played for was the Montreal Royals of the International League, and holds the team record for most wins as a pitcher in the team’s history with 107 wins.
In 1960, Mr. Lasorda was hired as a scout for the Dodgers, and then was made manager of the Pocatello Chiefs, Ogden Dodgers, and finally the Spokane Indians. In 1973, he became the third base coach of the Dodgers.
On September 29th, 1976, he became the Manager of the Dodgers. Her would remain their Manager until June 23rd, 1996 when he had a heart attack. He managed them for 3,038 games compiling a record of 1,599-1,439, for a .526 winning percentage. He also has a postseason record of 31-30. He would lead the Dodgers to the 1981 and 1988 World Series titles, and was named the NL Manager of the Year in 1983 and 1988.
He would also lead the U.S. Olympic Baseball Team to the Gold Medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Mr. Lasorda was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 as a Manager and was also elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006 for he record as a pitcher with the Montreal Royals.
Mr. Lasorda leaves behind a wife and a son.