Tommy Lasorda Wiki – Tommy Lasorda Bio
Tommy Lasorda was an American professional baseball pitcher, coach, and manager. He managed the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball for two decades.
Lasorda, arguably one of the greatest managers in MLB history, died on January 7, 2021, as first reported by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He was 93 years old.
Tommy Lasorda Cause of Death
As for Lasorda’s cause of death, he suffered a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at home at 10:09 p.m. on Thursday. On Friday morning, the Dodgers released a statement saying Lasorda suffered “a sudden cardiac arrest at his California home and was transported to the hospital with resuscitation in progress.” He died on Thursday night at 10:57 p.m.
Back in November, he was hospitalized in Orange County, California, and placed in intensive care. After a few weeks, Lasorda was moved into the rehab center where he stayed for a few months. On January 5, Lasorda finally discharged and returned to his home.
He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 1997. From the death of Red Schoendienst in June 2018 until his own death in January 2021, Lasorda was the oldest living member of the Hall of Fame.
Lasorda played in MLB for the Dodgers in 1954 and 1955, and for the Kansas City Athletics in 1956. He coached for the Dodgers from 1973 through 1976, before taking over as manager. Lasorda won two World Series championships as manager of the Dodgers and was named the National League’s Manager of the Year twice. The Dodgers retired his uniform number in his honor.
Wife And Children
Lasorda married his Baptist wife Jo in 1950. He would have a priest come to Dodger games on Sundays to offer Mass for Catholic players.
They met in Jo’s hometown of Greenville, South Carolina while Lasorda was playing there for the Greenville Spinners.
They have resided in Fullerton, California, for more than 50 years and they had two children.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jo, their daughter, Laura, and granddaughter Emily Tess.