Friday, January 08, 2021

RIP Tommy Lasorda (1927–2021)

Dodger great and Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda has died. He died late last night. Tommy was a lifelong Dodger, "bleeding Dodger blue", with 71 years in the organization. I'm glad that he lived to see us ("us" = The Dodgers) finally win another World Series. He was also great in The Baseball Bunch, which I watched as a kid.

To read some things about Lasorda, in addition to his Wikipedia entry above, here is some reactions from around the sports world (including the brilliant video of an infamous fight that he had with the Phillie Phanatic), and some lovely stories from Tim Kurkjian.

Naturally, no obituary of Tommy Lasorda would be complete without a montage of some of his classical meltdowns.

It's a sad day in the Dodger World. RIP, Tommy.

(Tip of the cap to Gregg Schneider.)

Update: This article in The Los Angeles Times has some memorable quotes by Lasorda.

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