Tommy Lasorda

Birthdate 9/22/1927
Death Date
Debut Year 1976
Year of Induction 1997
Teams Dodgers
Positions Manager, Pitcher

Tommy Lasorda’s Dodgers won four National League pennants and two World Series championships in his 20-year reign as Los Angeles skipper.

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A grateful Tommy Lasorda reflects on his Hall of Fame induction

A grateful Tommy Lasorda reflects on his Hall of Fame induction

Tommy Lasorda writes about receiving baseball’s highest honor in this letter dated September 13, 1999. On the familiar Dodger letterhead, he states, “Dear Jim, Baseball and the Dodgers have been very good to me. In 1997 I became the 14th manager and the 15th Dodger to be elected to the H
Tommy Lasorda remembers the 1988 World Series championship on his 75th birthday

Tommy Lasorda remembers the 1988 World Series championship on his 75th birthday

Dodger fans old enough to remember the 1988 championship recall it with great fondness. So does former Los Angeles manager Tommy Lasorda. After each of the post-season wins in the Dodger clubhouse the players would shout, “What a f*cking team!”
Tommy in the press box in August, 1998, one year after his retirement

Tommy in the press box in August, 1998, one year after his retirement

The summer after his Hall of Fame induction Tommy Lasorda was a frequent visitor in the Dodger press box. In this photo a happy and healthy Lasorda poses with ESPN SportsTicker reporter Jim Smiley who covered Lasorda’s final five seasons as Dodger skipper. Tommy autographs the photo and dates
Autographed picture of a young Tommy Lasorda

Autographed picture of a young Tommy Lasorda

Before Tommy Lasorda was a manager in Los Angeles, he was a pitcher in Brooklyn. This photo was taken in one of the two seasons the lefty threw for the Dodgers, either in 1954 or 1955. Tommy has autographed the image and dated it October 2, 1996. Interestingly, Lasorda started the ’96 campaign

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