Baseball Legend Tommy Lasorda Dies at Age 93

The baseball world is mourning today, upon hearing the news that legendary Dodgers manager passed away Thursday night from an apparent heart attack.

Tommy Lasorda at Dodgertown in Vero Beach in the morning session before a game against the Boston Red Sox on 3/9/06. (Photo by Kurt Miller, The Press Enterprise)

Lasorda spent an incredible 71 years in baseball in some capacity within the Dodgers organization, starting as a (not-so-good) pitcher with the (then) Brooklyn Dodgers. When his playing career didn’t work out, he became a scout and a manager in the minors, and worked his way up as a coach in the majors, until he took over as the Los Angeles Dodgers manager in 1976. He led the team to two back-to-back NL pennants in 1977 and 1978, and World Series championships in 1981 and 1988 and stayed at the team’s helm until 1996, when he retired citing health concerns (a heart attack). He was voted NL Manager of the year twice – in 1983 and in 1988 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997. Although his managerial career ended, his time in baseball did not. He coached the 2000 gold-medal winning Olympic baseball team and he remained an active member of the Dodgers organization as a special advisor.

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