Tommy Lasorda, a Baseball Hall of Famer who managed the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1976-1996, died January 7 at the age of 93.
He suffered a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at his home in Fullerton, California, Thursday night and was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead, ESPN reported.
Lasorda was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 following a career where he won 1,599 games, two World Series and two more National League pennants – all with the Dodgers, according to the Hall of Fame.
“A friend to presidents and Little Leaguers, a devout Catholic with a talent for rapid-fire profanity, a self-promoter who tirelessly raised funds for convents and disaster victims through banquets and speeches, Lasorda spanned several eras in baseball and — along with Vin Scully and Sandy Koufax — achieved near-mythical status among loyal Dodger fans,” the Los Angeles Times summed up.
In a 2014 interview with the Catholic Sun, the newspaper of the Diocese of Phoenix, when Lasorda visited Chandler, Arizona to help raise money for a Catholic school, he said he liked being a Catholic “because of the faith. The faith is very true.”
He said that his teachers in grade school, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters, “not only taught me religion, they taught me so many other facets of life.”
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