Thomas Charles Lasorda was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on September 22, 1927. By the time he donned the Brooklyn Dodgers blue 27 years later, he was just plain old "Tommy." Lasorda is most famous...
The 84-year-old former Los Angeles Dodgers manager is reportedly resting comfortably after falling ill on Monday (04Jun12).
LaSorda is expected to be released from hospital on Wednesday (05Jun12).
He retired as the Dodgers manager after suffering his first heart attack in 1996.
Came out of retirement to manage Team U.S.A. at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia; team won gold medal over Cuba
Returned to play with the Schenectady Blue Jays of the Canadian-American League
Served on active duty with the U.S. Army
Played supporting role in the sports comedy "Ladybugs," starring Rodney Dangerfield and Jackée Harry
Retired from baseball due to a heart attack; named Vice President of the Dodgers
Guest starred as himself on "Fantasy Island" (ABC)
Made film acting debut in the comedy "Americathon"
Voiced the character Lucky Lasorda in the family film "Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco"
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager
Appeared in a series of commercials promoting the MLB Playoffs for ESPN and Fox
Won a World Series ring as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers
Played by actor Arthur J. Nascarella in the ESPN miniseries "The Bronx is Burning"
Appeared on an episode of the reality series "Hell's Kitchen" (Fox)
Managed the Los Angeles Dodgers; team won 1977 and 1978 National League Pennants, as well as 1981 and 1988 World Series Championships under his management
Played for the Kansas City Athletics
Signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an undrafted free agent; began professional baseball career with the Concord Weavers
Thomas Charles Lasorda was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on September 22, 1927. By the time he donned the Brooklyn Dodgers blue 27 years later, he was just plain old "Tommy." Lasorda is most famous for being the pot-bellied manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, overseeing more than 3,000 games as their skipper. But decades before that, he was a considerably slimmer, hard-throwing pitcher who played in professional and semi-professional leagues from Central America to Quebec.
Married April 14, 1950
Reportedly died of complications from AIDS on June 3, 1991; estranged from Tommy Sr., who refused to acknowledge son's homosexuality
Died from cancer in 1959
On June 3, 2012, Lasorda at age 84, was hospitalized in New York after suffering a heart attack.
Had his No. 2 jersey retired by the Dodgers in 1997.
Was a longtime friend of Frank Sinatra and is himself a talented singer.
Is the godfather of Thomas Piazza, younger brother of Hall of Famer Mike Piazza.
In addition to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Lasorda is also a member of at least 16 additional halls of fame.
His portrait hangs in the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery.