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Dodgers Legend Tommy Lasorda Dies at 93



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Los Angeles Dodgers legendary manager and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda has passed away at the age of 93, according to an official announcement issued by the Dodgers on Friday.

According to ESPN, Lasorda suffered a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at his home Thursday night and was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Lasorda managed the Dodgers from 1976 to 1996, and won two World Series titles, four National League penants, and eight division titles along the way. Lasorda earned National League Manager of the Year honors twice and won a total of 1,599 games over the course of his legendary career.

Lasorda also played in the majors, playing for the Dodgers in 1954 and 1955, but he would never pitch in the big leagues again following his stint with the Kansas City Athletics in 1956, and would officially retire in 1960.

Lasorda reunited with the Dodgers following his playing career, starting as a scout and then moving to become a minor league manager from 1965-1972.

Lasorda served as the Dodgers’ third base coach in 1973, under Hall of Fame manager Walter Alston, and took over for Alston when he officially retired in 1976.

Lasorda retired as Dodgers manager in 1996 because of health concerns, and was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1997 by the veterans committee.

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