Tommy LaSorda

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 ... Read more »
Born: 09/22/1927 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

60 Minutes Sports 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

This Old Cub 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Guest

Our Contributions: The Italians in America 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Italian Americans 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Arli$$ 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ed 1996 (Movie)

LaSorda (Actor)

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco 1996 (Movie)

of Lucky LaSorda (Voice)

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

American Coaches: Men of Vision and Victory 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Baseball Relief: An All-Star Comedy Salute 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Life Remembers 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Pumped! 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Ladybugs 1992 (Movie)

Coach Cannoli (Actor)

Diamond Life 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sports Comedy Network 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

1989 Major League All-Star Game 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Diet America Challenge 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

Baseball's All-Star Comedy Classics '88 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Rickles on the Loose 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

SportsWorld Looks at Sports Humor 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Police Squad! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Americathon 1979 (Movie)

Ring Announcer (Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Tommy Lasorda

Son
Reportedly died of complications from AIDS on June 3, 1991; estranged from Tommy Sr., who refused to acknowledge son's homosexuality

Jo Lasorda

Wife
Married April 14, 1950

Laura Lasorda

Daughter

Sabatino Lasorda

Father
Died from cancer in 1959

Carmella Lasorda

Mother

Milestones

2011

Appeared on an episode of the reality series "Hell's Kitchen" (Fox)

2007

Played by actor Arthur J. Nascarella in the ESPN miniseries "The Bronx is Burning"

2006

Appeared in a series of commercials promoting the MLB Playoffs for ESPN and Fox

2000

Came out of retirement to manage Team U.S.A. at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia; team won gold medal over Cuba

1997

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager

1997

Retired from baseball due to a heart attack; named Vice President of the Dodgers

1996

Voiced the character Lucky Lasorda in the family film "Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco"

1992

Played supporting role in the sports comedy "Ladybugs," starring Rodney Dangerfield and Jackée Harry

1979

Made film acting debut in the comedy "Americathon"

1978

Guest starred as himself on "Fantasy Island" (ABC)

1976

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

1956

Played for the Kansas City Athletics

1955

Won a World Series ring as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers

1948

Returned to play with the Schenectady Blue Jays of the Canadian-American League

1944

Signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an undrafted free agent; began professional baseball career with the Concord Weavers

1944

Served on active duty with the U.S. Army

Bonus Trivia

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On June 3, 2012, Lasorda at age 84, was hospitalized in New York after suffering a heart attack.

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Had his No. 2 jersey retired by the Dodgers in 1997.

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Was a longtime friend of Frank Sinatra and is himself a talented singer.

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Is the godfather of Thomas Piazza, younger brother of Hall of Famer Mike Piazza.

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In addition to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Lasorda is also a member of at least 16 additional halls of fame.

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His portrait hangs in the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery.

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