Legendary MLB manager Tommy Lasorda, 93, is rushed to intensive care and ‘in a serious condition’
- Tommy Lasorda managed the Los Angeles Dodgers for 20 years
- He had played with the team and acted as a scout and coach
- Lasorda won two World Series titles and was Manager of the Year in 1983 and 88
- He retired in 1996, but came out of retirement to coach the US Olympic team
- The team won gold in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney
- Since 1996 he has been vice-president of the Dodgers and a dearly loved figure
Celebrated former MLB manager Tommy Lasorda, 93, is in hospital in a serious condition, his former team have confirmed.
Lasorda, the oldest living Hall of Famer, is best known for his two decades managing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The team tweeted on Sunday morning: ‘Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame great Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized in Orange County.
Tommy Lasorda, seen in 1990, is currently in intensive care, his family have confirmed
Lasorda, seen in October 2019, coached the Los Angeles Dodgers for 20 years
Born in Pennsylvania, Lasorda is pictured in 1956 while playing for Kansas City Athletics
‘Lasorda, 93, was admitted and he is in intensive care, resting comfortably.
‘The family appreciates everyone’s thoughts and prayers; however, they request their privacy at this time.’
TMZ, who first reported the news, said he was ‘in a serious condition’ with heart issues. They said his condition was not COVID-related.
Lasorda is a former pitcher, coach and manager, who led the Dodgers from 1976-96.
He won two World Series titles and was the NL Manager of the Year in 1983 and 1988.
Lasorda also managed the gold-winning US team at the 2000 Olympics, held in Sydney.
‘Keeping Tommy in our thoughts!!’ tweeted Dodgers Nation, the biggest fan account.
Third base coach Joe Amalfitano, left, waits as Lasorda argues with home plate umpire in 1987
Lasorda celebrates with the World Series trophy in October 1988
Beloved for his colorful personality and outspoken opinions of players, Lasorda was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania in 1927.
He signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945, but his career was interrupted by the war.
Lasorda returned to the game in 1948, and made his major league debut on August 5, 1954, for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
He was on their 1955 World Series winning side, and then in 1956 transferred to the Kansas City Athletics.
He was traded to the New York Yankees, and then the Denver Bears, before returning to the Dodgers.
Lasorda, seen dancing for fans in 1988, retired from managing the team in 1996
Lasorda, with Trump, for the Mike Tyson v Larry Holmes boxing match in 1988 in Atlantic City
His playing career ended in 1960, and Lasorda then went on to coach and manage teams.
As a scout, he became something of a local celebrity in the Dominican Republic due to his many visits in search of young baseball talents.
In September 1976 he became the Los Angeles Dodgers manager – a job he would hold for 20 years.
On his retirement in 1996 he was named vice-president of the Dodgers: a restaurant at the stadium was named after him in 2014.