Tommy Lasorda, who spent 71 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and won them two World Series, died Thursday at age 93, according to a release from the Dodgers organization.
After a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest Thursday at 10:09 p.m., Lasorda was transported to the hospital with a resuscitation in progress. He was pronounced dead at 10:57 p.m.
“In a franchise that has celebrated such great legends of the game, no one who wore the uniform embodied the Dodger spirit as much as Tommy Lasorda,” said Dodger president and CEO Stan Kasten. “He was a champion who at critical moments seemingly willed his teams to victory. The Dodgers and their fans will miss him terribly. Tommy is quite simply irreplaceable and unforgettable.”
Lasorda had been suffering from heart issues as of late and was hospitalized on Sunday, Nov. 8. for 3 days. The most recent update on his health included weeks spent in the Intensive Care Unit and even more time under the care of doctors.
Born Sept. 22, 1927, in Norristown, PA., Lasorda spent 71 seasons in total with the Dodgers, bleeding blue as a pitcher, scout, coach, manager and his last 14 years as a special advisor. Tommy would go on to win almost 1600 games, including two World Series and a Gold Medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. In 2009, Lasorda had his portrait installed in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.
“There are two things about Tommy I will always remember,” former Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully said. “The first is his boundless enthusiasm. Tommy would get up in the morning full of beans and maintain that as long as he was with anybody else.
“The other was his determination. He was a fellow with limited ability and he pushed himself to be a very good Triple-A pitcher. Those are some of the things: his competitive spirit, his determination, and above all, this boundless energy and self-belief. His heart was bigger than his talent and there were no foul lines for his enthusiasm.”
Lasorda’s wish to see another Dodgers World Championship was fulfilled last October, where he witnessed the Dodgers 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the World Series in Arlington, Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jo, their daughter, Laura, and granddaughter Tess.Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to email@example.com. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Report a typo or error, email Corrections@hometownstation.com
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