As the Dodgers prepare for the National League Championship Series this weekend against the visiting Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles City Council today honored former manager Tommy Lasorda, who turned 90 last month.
“He hasn’t just been a champion for the Dodgers in L.A., but he’s been baseball’s ambassador to the rest of the country and to the rest of the world,” Councilman Paul Koretz said.
Lasorda managed the Dodgers from 1976 to 1996, guiding the team to four World Series appearances, including championships in 1981 and 1988. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.
“Thank you for the honor. May God bless each and every one of you. And if the Dodgers don’t win this time, I think I’m gonna kill myself,” Lasorda quipped, referring to the team’s latest push into the post season.
Lasorda is in his 68th season with the Dodgers and has been a pitcher, scout, coach, manager and front office executive. He joined the organization in 1948 when he was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers from the Philadelphia Phillies in the minor league draft.
Lasorda, who underwent surgery in May to replace his pacemaker, is in his 11th season as a special adviser to the club’s chairman.