Lasorda, Tommy

Thomas Charles Lasorda
Born: September 22, 1927, Norristown, Pennsylvania
Played For: 
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.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that on May 31, 1948, as a minor league pitcher with the Schenectady Blue Jays, Tommy Lasorda set a Canadian-American League record by striking out 25 batters in a 15-inning game?
Tommy was a great motivator. He treated his players and coaches tremendously, and everyone on the team would do anything for him.
Danny Ozark