Remembering Tommy Lasorda

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Arianna Magana, Freshman

On January 7, 2021, the world lost  Hall of Famer manager, Tommy Lasorda. 

Lasorda passed away due to a heart attack at the age of 93 in his own home in Fullerton, CA. He was experiencing heart issues since November 8th and was finally able to return home after being in the ICU, only to pass away the same day. 

Tommy Lasorda was a former American professional baseball player, a pitcher and a former manager. Lasorda managed the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team in Major League Baseball, from 1976 to 1996. Lasorda still supported them and was able to witness them win a world series one last time in 2020. 

He was only 18 years old when he decided to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tommy became manager for the Dodgers in 1976 and granted them many big opportunities. On July 29, 1996, Lasorda announced his retirement with the Dodgers.

In 1981, he was able to lead the Dodgers to a world series and win at the age of 53. He won a total of two world championships as a manager with the Dodgers. According to Baseball Hall, Tommy Lasorda once said, “This is the greatest thing that ever happened to me in my lifetime. The Hall of Fame is eternity and I thank God for all of it. I am living the dream.”

Former Dodger player Kike Hernandez tweeted, “RIP Tommy!! Will never forget all the great conversations, the memories, the stories! The last couple of years, I’d look forward to 6 pm before every home game. Getting to talk to you for 5-10 minutes, always made my day! We will all miss you, Tommy!”

Tommy Lasorda will always be remembered as one of the greatest Hall Of Famers for Los Angeles and will forever bleed blue.