Baseball Mourns Dodgers Icon Tommy Lasorda

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When news of the passing of one of Major League Baseball’s most colorful characters, Tommy Lasorda, arrived today (January 8, 2021), the man who bled Dodger blue perhaps more than any other who wore the uniform was mourned by the entire baseball community.

Lasorda, who died at age 93, managed the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1976 to 1996, guiding the team to two World Series championships. But it was his colorful role as an ambassador of baseball that endeared him to all who love the sport.

There had been a 32-year gap since the Dodgers won the World Series in 2020. Lasorda was there when they won on Oct. 27. Think about this: The last Dodgers game he saw, the team won the championship. Though he had been ill for a while, he had told Dodgers manager Dave Roberts that “he was sticking around until we won. That’s one of my proudest moments,” said Roberts.

Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully called Dodgers games for 67 seasons before retiring at the end of the 2016 season. He lost his wife, Sandra, to ALS, on Jan. 4, 2021.

Lasorda was as animated as they come. His epic rant during the 1977 World Series is legendary. The real fun begins at the 1:40 mark.

Watch Lasorda take a tumble while coaching third base in the 2001 All Star Game

He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.

Caution… language…

Watch Lasorda’s epic run-in with the umpires during the 1978 World Series

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