A legendary manager who led the Dodgers for 20 years. “Guys ask me, don’t I get burned out? How can you get burned out doing something you love? I ask you, have you ever got tired of kissing a pretty girl?” –Tommy Lasorda on major league baseball
One of baseball’s great ambassadors, Tom Lasorda skippered the Los Angeles Dodgers for 20 seasons, from 1977 to 1996. An engaging personality and great motivator, Lasorda is only the fourth manager in history to guide the same team for at least 20 years, joining Connie Mack, John McGraw, and his predecessor, Walter Alston.
During Lasorda’s tenure, the Dodgers won 1,599 games, captured eight National League West titles, four National League pennants and two World Series championships. He managed in 61 post-season games and four All-Star games. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 3, 1997, along with Phil Niekro, Nellie Fox and Willie Wells. He was also the 14th manager and the 15th Dodger inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Lasorda’s uniform number, 2, was retired by the Dodgers on August 15, 1997, and the main street that leads to the entrance of Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida was renamed Tommy Lasorda Lane on March 5, 1997. In 2000, he managed the USA Olympic baseball team and brought home the first gold medal in baseball for the United States.
Tommy Lasorda was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, and to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.