Thomas Charles Lasorda is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher, coach, and manager. He is best known for his two decades managing the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 1997. He played winter baseball for Almendares in 1950–1952 and 1958–1960.
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Thomas Charles Lasorda is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher, coach, and manager. He is best known for his two decades managing the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 1997. In 2020, he marked his 71st season with the BrooklynLos Angeles Dodgers organization, the longest tenure anyone has had with the team, edging Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully by three seasons. Since the death of Red Schoendienst in June 2018, he has been the oldest living Hall of Famer.Lasorda also played winter baseball for Almendares in 1950–1952 and 1958–1960, compiling a 16–13 record in four seasons, including 8–3 with a 1. 89 ERA in 1958– 1959. He led Montreal to four straight Governors’ Cups from 1951 to 1954, and a fifth one in 1958. In 1973, he led the Venezuela World Series team to the Caribbean World Series title with a series record of 5 wins and 1 loss. He moved on to become the third-base coach of the Tigres del Liceres deliceres in 1973. He died of a heart attack in 2008. He has been married to his wife, Barbara, since 1968. He had a son, David, and two daughters, who live in New York City and Los Angeles. He also has a son and a daughter who play professional baseball in New Jersey and New York, and has a grandson who plays in the New York Mets minor league system.
He played in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947. He missed the 1946 and 1947 seasons because of a stint in the United States Army. He returned to baseball in 1948 with the Schenectady Blue Jays of the Canadian–American League. On May 31, 1948, he struck out 25 Amsterdam Rugmakers in a 15-inning game, setting a professional record, and drove in the winning run with a single. He made his major league debut on August 5, 1954, for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but was removed after the first inning after tying a major league record with three wild pitches in one inning and being spiked by Wally Moon of the St. Louis Cardinals when Moon scored on the third wild pitch. Although he did not play in the 1955 World Series, he won a World Series ring as a member of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers. After his two seasons on the Dodgers, he was sold to the Kansas City Athletics, where he pitched for one more season. He appeared in 22 games for the Yankees’ affiliate Triple-A Denver Bears in 1956–1957, and then was sold back to the Dodgers in 1957. The Dodgers released him on July 9, 1960. In 1966, he became the rookie manager of the Pocatello Chiefs.