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Tommy Lasorda: LA’s Favorite Skipper

Former Dodgers’ manager celebrated by LA City Council.

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Los Angeles Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda kicking off the game against the San 
Francisco Giants during a celebration for his 90th birthday at Dodger Stadium

Los Angeles Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda kicking off the game against the San Francisco Giants during a celebration for his 90th birthday at Dodger Stadium

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Los Angeles Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda kicking off the game against the San Francisco Giants during a celebration for his 90th birthday at Dodger Stadium

Mike Nelson, Staff Reporter

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Tommy Lasorda was honored by the Los Angeles City Council on Oct. 13. The two-time World Series Champion and former manager for the Dodgers, was presented with a plaque during the City Council meeting. Lasorda spoke about his time in LA as a manager:

“I’ve had great, great days and helped develop a lot of players and had rookies of the year, most valuable players, and I was proud to represent the greatest city in the United States of America–Los Angeles.”

Councilmember Paul Koretz spoke about Tommy Lasorda:

“He hasn’t just been a champion for the Dodgers in L.A, but he has been baseball’s ambassador to the rest of the country and to the rest of the world.”

Lasorda turned into an LA sports icon after his twenty years as manager with the team from 1976 to 1996. During his time, he managed over 3,000 games and had a .528 winning percentage.  In 1977 and 1978 the Dodgers made it to the World Series and lost both times to the New York Yankees. In 1981, the team finally won the World Series with Lasorda, defeating the Yankees in six games.

The team didn’t make it again to the Fall Classic until 1988 when they defeated the Oakland Athletics in five games. It was that year when Kirk Gibson hit the famous home run in Game One to win 5-4.

Lasorda has done a great deal for the Dodgers, and has been a part of the organization since 1948. He started out as a pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, where he played in the minor leagues. He was called up to the big leagues in 1954 where he lasted for two seasons, 1954 to 1955. Lasorda didn’t play in the 1955 World Series when the Dodgers finally captured their first ever championship, but still received a ring.

He was then a scout and later a minor league manager for the Dodgers. He became a third-base coach under Walter Alston and got a promotion to manage in 1976. Lasorda spoke about the 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers team and their postseason run:

“If the Dodgers don’t win this time, I think I’m gonna kill myself.”

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