Dodgers to pay tribute to Lasorda
Legend has spent 60 years with the organization
Dodgertown will become Tommytown once again on Friday, when legend Tommy Lasorda will be honored at Dodger Stadium for his 60 years with the club.
The Dodgers announced on Thursday that the first 50,000 fans at Friday's game against the Rockies will receive a commemorative Tommy Lasorda Hall of Fame replica plaque. In addition, Lasorda's official Hall of Fame plaque from Cooperstown will be on display in Autograph Alley.
"I am looking forward to sharing this celebration with the greatest fans in baseball," Lasorda said. "I have always said that it is an honor and privilege to be a Dodger, and the Dodgers have given me the opportunity to do what I love to do for my entire life."
In conjunction with the celebration, fans can purchase tickets to sit in Dodgertown, Italia, located in the My Town section in reserve sections 56 and 60. Fans in Dodgertown, Italia, will receive Dodgertown, Italia, T-shirts that read "This Is My Town" in Italian, as well as an all-inclusive menu featuring marinated artichokes, Tuscan-style barbecued chicken and grilled Italian sausage, as well as Dodger Dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and soft drinks.
A Lasorda wine tasting will be held in the My Town, Italia, section, as all Lasorda Wine comes from Italy. Fans can purchase tickets for Dodgertown, Italia, at dodgers.com/sitinmytown.
After spending 27 years affiliated with the team in various capacities -- including Minor League player and manager -- Lasorda was named manager of the Dodgers on Sept. 29, 1976. He managed the Dodgers for 20 years (1977 to 1996), leading them to eight division titles, four National League pennants and two World Series championships (1981 and 1988). His career record is 1,599-1,439. At the time of his retirement, he ranked 13th all-time in wins. On Aug. 3, 1997, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Lasorda has since become an ambassador for both the Dodgers and the game of baseball, heavily involved in promoting the sport in the Olympics (he led the U.S. team to the gold medal in Sydney in 2000) and the first two World Baseball Classics.
Doug Miller is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.