Tommy Lasorda – a Dodgers legend and perhaps the most famous manager in MLB history – died, TMZ Sports has confirmed.
The Dodgers issued a statement Friday morning … saying Lasorda suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at his home in California and was transported to the hospital with ongoing resuscitation.
He was pronounced dead at 10:57 p.m. Thursday night.
As we have already reported, Lasorda was admitted to a hospital in Southern California in mid-November in “serious condition” … and needed sedation. He was too install a fan.
But Tommy’s condition has improved in the last few weeks … and only a few days ago, he returned home.
Although tragic, Lasorda passed on Thursday.
“Words can’t express my feelings,” said the legendary manager Bobby Valentine said on Twitter. “A friend and mentor of 52 years is no longer with us. Tommy, no one will ever fill the void you left. Thank you for everything. RIP.”
Lasorda was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. He led Los Angeles to world titles in 1981 and 1988.
Lasorda also won the Manager of the Year twice in 1983 and 1988.
“In a franchise that celebrates such great game legends, no one who wore the uniform embodied the Dodger spirit like Tommy Lasorda,” the Dodgers president. Condition cabinets said.
“A tireless baseball player, his dedication to the sport and the team he loved had no equal.”
Kasten continued, “The Dodgers and their fans will miss him terribly. Tommy is simply irreplaceable and memorable.”
Lasorda wasn’t just a big job on the baseball field … he became an incredibly popular man in the ’90s – appearing in commercials for brands like Slim Fast.