On Thursday night, legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at the age of 93.
Doctors discharged the Hall of Fame manager from the hospital on Tuesday. The Dodgers announced that Lasorda had returned home for the first time in seven weeks. He was admitted to a hospital in California’s Orange County and placed in the intensive care unit in November. Later, he moved to a rehab facility, but the organization did not provide details on his hospitalization.
Lasorda had a history of heart-related issues. The Dodgers official Twitter account confirmed Lasorda’s death and that it pertained to cardiac arrest. He spent seven decades within the Dodgers organization, and famously said, “I bleed Dodger blue and when I die, I’m going to the big Dodger in the sky.”
Tommy Lasorda and His Storied Career With the Dodgers
Tommy Lasorda is one of the most successful managers in Major League Baseball history. During his 20-year career as the manager of the Dodgers, he led his teams to eight division. titles. Additionally, he took Los Angeles to the World Series on four occasions, winning the series twice – in 1981 and 1988.
He compiled an impressive 1,599–1,439 record as the Dodgers’ manager before retiring in 1996. His 16 wins in 30 NL Championship games managed were the most of any manager at the time of his retirement. Following his retirement, Lasorda became a Dodgers vice president.
Furthermore, after a total of 50 years with the Dodgers under his belt, he went on to manage the United States Olympic baseball team in 1999. He took America to our first-ever Olympic gold medal at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, Australia.
He was last seen in public following Game 6 of the 2020 World Series in Arlington, Texas. The Dodgers won their first championship since 1988, fulfilling Lasorda’s wish to see one more Los Angeles championship during his lifetime.