Tommy Lasorda, famous baseball hall of famer, has died from a cardiac arrest at aged 93. The Dodgers legend and arguably the most famous manager in MLB history was confirmed died on Friday.
According to the report by TMZ, the death of Tommy Lasorda was confirmed in a released statement on Friday morning by Dodgers, where they had said he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at his California home and was transported to the hospital with resuscitation in progress.
He was pronounced dead at 10:57 PM Thursday night.
TMZ had reported that Tommy Lasorda was admitted to a Southern California hospital back in mid-November in “serious condition” and required sedation. He was also put on a ventilator.
But, Tommy’s condition improved over the past few weeks and just a few days ago, he returned home.
Though, tragically, Lasorda passed on Thursday.
Tommy Lasorda was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. He led L.A. to World Series titles in 1981 and 1988.
Lasorda also won Manager of the Year twice in 1983 and 1988.
“In a franchise that has celebrated such great legends of the game, no one who wore the uniform embodied the Dodger spirit as much as Tommy Lasorda,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said.
“A tireless spokesman for baseball, his dedication to the sport and the team he loved was unmatched.
Kasten continued, “The Dodgers and their fans will miss him terribly. Tommy is quite simply irreplaceable and unforgettable.”
Commissioner Rob Manfred issued the following statement:
“Tommy Lasorda was one of the finest managers our game has ever known. He loved life as a Dodger. His career began as a pitcher in 1949 but he is, of course, best known as the manager of two World Series champions and four pennant-winning clubs. His passion, success, charisma and sense of humor turned him into an international celebrity, a stature that he used to grow our sport. Tommy welcomed Dodger players from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea and elsewhere — making baseball a stronger, more diverse and better game. He served Major League Baseball as the Global Ambassador for the first two editions of the World Baseball Classic and managed Team USA to gold in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Tommy loved family, the United States, the National Pastime and the Dodgers, and he made them all proud during a memorable baseball life.
“I am extremely fortunate to have developed a wonderful friendship with Tommy and will miss him. It feels appropriate that in his final months, he saw his beloved Dodgers win the World Series for the first time since his 1988 team. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest sympathy to his wife of 70 years, Jo, and their entire family, the Dodger organization and their generations of loyal fans.”