Tommy Lasorda had a brief pitching career in the Majors in the 1950’s, but he is best known for his managerial career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After working as a scout for the Dodgers from 1961 to 1965, he began his career as a manager in 1966 with the Pocatello Chiefs, the rookie level minor league affiliate of the Dodgers. After eight seasons as a minor league manager, where he accumulated four championships, he became the third base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers for several seasons and became the team’s manager in 1976. In 21 seasons as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, from 1976 to 1996, he led the team to eight division titles, four National League Championships, and two World Series Championships in 1981 and 1988. Lasorda won the National League Manager of the Year Award in 1983 and 1988 and compiled a lifetime managerial record of 1,599 wins and 1,439 losses. Tommy Lasorda has become a Los Angeles Dodgers legend and hero with an incredible passion for the game and was honored in 1997 by being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
-Michael Rinehart Jr.
April 22, 2012