Tommy Lasorda, Sandy Koufax and Duke Snider

Tommy Lasorda


Born: September 22, 1927 at Norristown, PA
Los Angeles N.L. 1976-1996

Tommy Lasorda began his career as a left-handed pitcher before becoming one of the most successful managers in baseball history. The jovial Lasorda managed the Los Angeles Dodgers to eight division titles and two World Series championships in 21 seasons. After retiring, Lasorda became a Dodgers executive, extending his association with the club to seven decades. In 2000, he managed the U.S. Olympic Baseball team to its first-ever gold medal. In 2008, Lasorda skippered the Dodgers for several Spring Training games, including the club's final appearance at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla.

Sandy Koufax


Born: December 30, 1935 at Brooklyn, NY
Height: 6-2 Weight: 202
Threw left and batted right-handed
Brooklyn N.L. 1955-1957; Los Angeles N.L. 1958-1966

An overpowering left-hander, Sandy Koufax enjoyed a six-year stretch as perhaps the most dominating pitcher in the game's history. Koufax captured five straight ERA titles and set a modern record with 382 strikeouts in 1965. His fastball and devastating curve enabled him to pitch no-hitters in four consecutive seasons, including a perfect game in 1965. He posted a 0.95 ERA in four World Series, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to three World Series championships. Hall of Fame slugger Willie Stargell once said: "Trying to hit (Koufax) was like trying to drink coffee with a fork."

Duke Snider

Center Fielder

Born: September 19, 1926 at Los Angeles, CA
Height: 6-0 Weight: 190
Threw right and batted left-handed
Brooklyn N.L. 1947-1957; Los Angeles N.L. 1958-1962;
New York N.L. 1963; San Francisco N.L. 1964

Dodgers fans loved Duke Snider, "The Duke of Flatbush." A California-bred center fielder who declared "I was born in Brooklyn," Snider led all major leaguers in home runs and RBIs during the 1950s, hitting 40 or more homers each of the last five seasons the Dodgers played at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. A graceful fielder with a picture-perfect swing, Snider anchored six pennant-winning teams and clouted 11 World Series home runs, including four in 1952 and 1955, while driving in 26 runs in the Fall Classic.