Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, 93, Hospitalized in Intensive Care — Details
On Sunday, November 15, 2020, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced the news that Tommy Lasorda had been hospitalized. The news was revealed on the team’s Twitter account.
According to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tommy Lasorda, a Hall of Famer, was hospitalized. The 93-year-old former baseball player was taken to hospital in Orange County, California, his former team revealed.
The Dodgers also shared how Lasorda was “admitted and he is in intensive care, resting comfortably.” The legendary star’s family thanked everyone for the prayers and asked for privacy.
Tommy Lasorda during the spring training game against the Oakland Athletics on March 10, 2014, in Glendale, Arizona | Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
In October, the former Dodgers’ manager attended the team’s World Series-winning match. The game was played over at the Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington, Texas, according to CNN and ESPN.
In 1949, Lasorda started playing for the Dodgers as a minor league pitcher. From 1973 to 1976, he served as their third-base coach before being hired as the team’s manager.
The legendary star held the new role for two decades. While he was the team’s manager, they won four National League pennants, two World Series titles, and eight division titles.
Throughout his management role of the team, Lasorda won 1,599 games. The former baseball player sadly suffered a heart attack in June 1996 and that’s what caused him to finally retire the following month.
Lasorda, whose cause for the current hospitalization wasn’t revealed, stayed on with the organization as a special adviser to the chairman. In 1997, he was finally inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Even though he was retired, at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Lasorda managed the US Olympic baseball team. Under his leadership, the team won a gold medal at the event.
This victory earned the legendary star the accolade of being the first manager to win a World Series championship. He was also the first manager to lead a team to an Olympic gold medal.
Lasorda is married to Jo Lasorda, whom he wed in 1950 after they met in her hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. When the pair met, the former baseball player was playing in the town for the Greenville Spinners.
The couple had two children but their son, Tom Jr. died in 1991 of complications related to AIDS. In other unrelated news, On October 11, 2020, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan passed away at age 77.
A family spokesperson confirmed that Morgan died at his home in Danville, California. The two-time MVP and second basemen for the Cincinnati Reds had been suffering from a nerve condition.