Los Angeles is crying, so is Montreal. Tommy Lasorda, a true baseball legend, died at the age of 93.
The Los Angeles Dodgers organization, to which Lasorda has been affiliated for seven decades, announced Friday on its Twitter account.
Lasorda died late Thursday night, after a cardiac and pulmonary arrest. Earlier this week, the famous leader left the hospital to return to his home. Lasorda, who had health problems, will at least have seen the Dodgers’ first conquest of the World Series in 32 years, in October last year, before he died.
“Tommy Lasorda was one of the best leaders our sport has ever known,” said Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. His passion, success, charisma and sense of humor made him an international celebrity, a status he used to promote our sport. ”
“In a franchise that has celebrated many great baseball legends, no one who has worn this uniform has embodied the spirit of the Dodgers better than Tommy Lasorda,” summed up Dodgers President Stan Kasten.
A star in Montreal
If Lasorda is an icon in Los Angeles, he will also have a rich history with Montreal.
There are obviously many baseball fans who remember the day when he as manager of the Dodgers had the mascot Youppi! Expelled August 23, 1989 during a 22-game series at the Olympic Stadium.
However, long before that, Lasorda himself had been a brilliant left-handed pitcher for the Montreal Royals, the Dodgers franchise school club. [de Brooklyn et de Los Angeles] during the 1950s.
In the Hall of Fame
Eventually, the American grew to fame as a manager in major league baseball. He especially led the Dodgers to two World Series victories, in 1981 and 1988. Lasorda was also inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1997.
As manager of the Dodgers in total, he accounted for 1,599 regular victories from 1976 to 1996. Expos nostalgically will remember that he was at the helm of the Los Angeles club when Rick Monday struck. a circuit to eliminate the Montreal formation, October 19, 1981 at the Olympic Stadium, during the Championship Series in the National.