Born: September 22, 1927, Norristown, Pennsylvania
Brooklyn Dodgers (1954-1955), Kansas City A's (1956)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1997
After a brief career as a left-handed pitcher, Tommy Lasorda became one of the most enthusiastic and successful managers in baseball history. Known for his fondness of pasta and pitching, the jovial Lasorda led the Dodgers to eight division titles and two World Championships in 21 seasons as manager. After his retirement, he became a Dodgers executive, and his association with the club has spanned seven decades. He also managed the United States to its first-ever gold medal in baseball at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.