Tommy Lasorda biography
Tommy Lasorda is an American baseball manager born on September 22, 1927, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He started as a Major League baseball player with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945, but was most known for leading the Los Angeles Dodgers (1977-1996). Under his helm, his team won 1,599 games, eight National League West titles, four National League pennants and two World Series championships. He managed four All-Star games, and in 1997 was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. After retirement in 1996, Lasorda remained involved with the Dodgers in various senior positions.
Managing the Dodgers
Baseball manager Thomas Charles Lasorda was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on September 22, 1927. Lasorda is best known for leading the Los Angeles Dodgers for 20 seasons (1977-1996); he has been a part of the Dodgers organization for over 50 years total (for some time as a pitcher for the team). He is one of only four managers to remain at the helm of the same team for at least 20 years (he joins Connie Mack, John McGraw and Walter Alston, the Dodgers manager he replaced).
As a teenager, Lasorda took note of the motto on the side of a can of Carnation milk: "Contented Cows Give Better Milk," and that it was a concept he applied to his philosophy of managing. First as a player, then as a manager, he worked at keeping team morale high, telling jokes and giving praise for hard work. His approach, to remain positive and work towards keeping his players content, earned him the respect of players and management throughout baseball, and resulted in a largely successful career. He was known as a great leader, and as one of baseball's great personalities.
Hall of Fame
While Lasorda led the Dodgers, they won 1,599 games, eight National League West titles, four National League pennants and two World Series championships. He was elected to manage four All-Star games. In 1997, Tommy Lasorda was elected to baseball's highest honor, the Baseball Hall of Fame. Lasorda's modesty and respect for the talents of his players was evident even after being given the distinguished honor, having said, "I got into the Hall of Fame because my players put me there!" after receiving the honor.