Tomorrow, September 22, is Tommy Lasorda’s 83rd birthday. Tommy is finishing his 61st season with the Dodgers as his current title is Special Adviser to the Chairman.
He is in 17 Hall of Fames, has eight honorary doctorate degrees and still makes over 100 appearances every year on behalf of the Dodgers and Major League Baseball.
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Some of his more notable accomplishments are:
-Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997
-Managed the Dodgers for 20 years (1977-96) winning two World Series, four National League pennants and eight division titles
-Managed the 2000 US Olympic baseball team to its first, and only, Gold Medal in baseball -Had his portrait installed in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in 2009
-Received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from the Emperor of Japan in 2008
-He is only one of four managers in the history of baseball to manage the same team for 20 years or more, joining Connie Mack, John McGraw and Walter Alston
-He is only one of two managers in the history of baseball to win pennants in their first two years of managing, joining Gabby Street
-He managed nine National League Rookie of the Years, which is a Major League record
-Served as the Official Ambassador of the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and ’09
-Had is number (2) retired in 1997 after being inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame, only one of 10 numbers to be retired in Dodgers history
Tommy will be at Dodger Stadium celebrating his birthday with friends and family.