|Tommy Lasorda Special Advisor to the Chairman|
Regarded by many as baseball's most popular ambassador, Tommy Lasorda begins his 68th season in the Dodger organization, having served as a player, scout, manager and front office executive with the club and entering his 11th year in his current role as Special Advisor to the Chairman. At the age of 89, Lasorda continues to be an ambassador for not only the Dodgers, but the game of baseball, making countless appearances for charities, community groups and military personnel each year.
Lasorda compiled a 1,599-1,439 record and won two World Championships, four National League pennants and eight division titles in an extraordinary 20-year career as the Dodgers' manager from 1977-96, earning honors as the Associated Press Manager of the Year in 1977 and 1981 and taking home the MLB award in its first year of existence in 1983 and again in 1988. After retiring as manager, he immediately joined the team's front office, where he briefly served as the Dodgers' interim General Manager in 1998. In 1997, Lasorda was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Dodgers retired his uniform number (2) on Aug. 15 that year. Lasorda returned to the dugout to manage the 2000 Team USA Olympic baseball team and led the underdog team to the gold medal in Sydney, Australia.
Prior to his stint as Dodger manager, Lasorda spent four seasons in Los Angeles on Walter Alston's coaching staff from 1973-76. He also managed in the Dodgers' minor league system from 1965-72 and served four years as a Dodger scout after retiring as a player following the 1960 season. Lasorda compiled an 0-4 record and 6.52 ERA as a left-handed pitcher in parts of three Major League seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1954-55) and Kansas City Athletics (1956). In all, he spent 14 seasons in the minor leagues from 1945-60 and he served two years in the military from 1946-47.
Even after his time in uniform, Lasorda has continued to make an impact in the Los Angeles and worldwide baseball community. His efforts to spread the gospel of baseball have been felt with the continued globalization of the game and recognized when then-Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig appointed him as the Official Ambassador of the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006, and again in 2009. Lasorda has been a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and regularly visits patients at the Tom Lasorda Heart Institute at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, CA (opened in 2000), and is also an official spokesperson for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Lasorda has co-authored two books, I Live For This (2009) and The Artful Dodger (1985).
Lasorda and his wife, Jo, reside in Fullerton, CA, and will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary on April 14, 2017. They are also the proud grandparents of Emily, the child of their daughter, Laura Lasorda.
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