Another Legend Gone Too Soon

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The Dodgers retired his uniform number (2) on August 15, 1997 and renamed a street in Dodgertown as “Tommy Lasorda Lane”. Picture by MLB The Show Twitter

Alex Johnson, Co-editor - Sports Page

As 2020 World Series champions, the famous Los Angeles Dodgers is a baseball team many know. They are arguably one of the best teams in baseball with their number of star athletes and managers. However, many Dodgers fans are grieving over this shocking loss of Tommy Lasorda. Lasorda was both a star athlete back in his day and a manager for the Dodgers. On Jan. 7, 2021 Thomas Charles Lasorda suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at his home and was transported to a hospital, where he passed away at age 93. Tommy Lasorda will always be remembered by Dodgers fans for the work he has done for the Los Angeles program. 

Sophomore Will Harrison says, “My dad is a big Dodgers fan and he actually had a Tommy Lasorda jersey growing up. It is always hard to see someone that you admired growing up pass away and I can only imagine what it’s like for his former teammates. He really was a legend, and everyone will remember him for that.”  

Lasorda was born Sept. 22, 1927 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Growing up with his love of baseball and wish to play in the majors, Lasorda made his Major League debut on Aug. 5, 1954 with the Dodgers and played for the Dodgers for two seasons before being traded to the Athletics, where he pitched for one season. After the 1960 season, he became a scout for the Dodgers until 1965. Lasorda then made his way back up to the big leagues in 1973 as a third base coach for the Dodgers. Tommy Lasorda loved everything about the Los Angeles Dodgers program and atmosphere, he felt at home whenever he stepped foot into Dodger Stadium.

“Lasorda, who managed the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1976-1996, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997 following a career where he won 1,599 games, two World Series and two more National League pennants – all with the Dodgers.” (baseballhall)

Being inducted into the Hall of Fame was always a dream of Tommy’s. However, very few are capable of doing so. That’s why they call it the Hall of Fame, the best of the best. Every person up on that wall deserves to be up there and is up there for a reason. Lasorda had a big impact on everyone, people looked up to him while he was just doing what he loved.

With all that is going on in the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lasorda was able to celebrate the Dodger’s first World Series title in 32 years on Oct. 27, the last game he ever attended.