By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. The Los Angeles Dodgers said that Lasorda died on Thursday.
“Tommy Lasorda was one of the finest managers our game has ever known,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “He loved life as a Dodger. His career began as a pitcher in 1949 but he is, of course, best known as the manager of two World Series champions and four pennant-winning clubs. His passion, success, charisma and sense of humor turned him into an international celebrity, a stature that he used to grow our sport. Tommy welcomed Dodger players from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea and elsewhere — making baseball a stronger, more diverse and better game. He served Major League Baseball as the Global Ambassador for the first two editions of the World Baseball Classic and managed Team USA to gold in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Tommy loved family, the United States, the National Pastime and the Dodgers, and he made them all proud during a memorable baseball life.
“I am extremely fortunate to have developed a wonderful friendship with Tommy and will miss him. It feels appropriate that in his final months, he saw his beloved Dodgers win the World Series for the first time since his 1988 team. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest sympathy to his wife of 70 years, Jo, and their entire family, the Dodger organization and their generations of loyal fans.”
The former MLB player began his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954. However, he did not begin his career with the Dodgers.
He was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945 as an undated free agent. Lasorda then left baseball to serve in the United States Army from 1945 through 1947.
Lasorda came back to baseball in 1948. After pitching for the Schenectady Blue Jays, he received attention from the Dodgers. He spent several more seasons before making his MLB debut on August 5, 1954.
He played for the Dodgers from 1954 and 1955. He also played a third season with the Kansas City Athletics.
Following his playing career, he began his off-the-field role with the Dodgers in 1961 as a scout. He also served as a manager for the Pocatello Chiefs in the rookie leagues, where he guided the Ogden Dodgers to three Pioneer League Championships from 1966 through 1968.
He also served as the Dodgers Triple A manager in 1969 through 1971 with the Spokane Indians. He also served in the role with the Albuquerque Dukes in 1972.
Lasorda then transitioned into a role with the Dodgers, as their third-base coach from 1973 through 1976. He then led the team from 1976 through 19996.
As the Dodgers manager, Lasorda guided the team from 1976 through 1996. He guided the team to two World Series Championships.
He was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 19997. He was inducted through the Veterans Committee.
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