Tommy Lasorda, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles and later became an ambassador for the sport he loved during his 71 years with the franchise, has died. He was 93.

The Dodgers said Friday that he had a heart attack at his home in Fullerton, California. Resuscitation attempts were made en route to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday.

Lasorda had a history of heart problems, including a heart attack in 1996 that ended his managerial career. The Dodgers had tweeted Tuesday that Lasorda had returned to his home after being hospitalized for nearly two months.

He spent the last 14 years with the Dodgers as special adviser to the chairman.

Born on Sept. 22, 1927, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Thomas Charles Lasorda began his baseball career with a Philadelphia Phillies minor league team, the Concord Weavers, in 1954.

After serving two years in the U.S. Army, Lasorda returned to baseball with Schenectady Blue Jays, where he pitched a record-breaking 25-strikeout game, according to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1954, Lasorda made his major league pitching debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Lasorda’s pitching career never took off, and in 1961, he retired from playing but never left the game.

He worked as a scout and a minor league coach for more than a decade before being hired as the third-base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1973, according to the team’s website.

Three years later, Lasorda took over as manager.

In his two decades as the Dodgers skipper, Lasorda won 1,599 games and led his team to two World Series titles.

Check back for updates on this developing story.


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

seven − five =