Lasorda managed the team from 1976 to 1996
The Associated Press reported that former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tommy Lasorda, was hospitalized in Southern California on Sunday.
The 93-year-old former manager is currently in the intensive care unit at an Orange County hospital. He’s reportedly resting comfortably after being admitted nearly a week ago.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Twitter page made the announcement, saying, “The family appreciates everyone’s thoughts and prayers; however, they request their privacy at this time.”
According to TMZ, sources have confirmed that his condition is not COVID-19 related. Sources also confirmed that upon being admitted, his condition took a turn for the worse with Lasorda being sedated and hooked up to a ventilator.
Lasorda was in attendance during the Game 6 World Series victory against the Tampa Bay Rays on Oct. 27. It was the Dodgers’s first World Series title since 1988.
Lasorda managed the team from 1976 to 1996 and lead them to World Series championships in both 1981 and 1988. He retired in 1996 due to health issues and was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, according to the hall of fame website.
He was signed to the Phillies in 1945 at the age of 18 and would later serve two years in the military. In 1948, he returned to baseball with the Schenectady Blue Jays.
He would make his major league debut in 1954 with the Dodgers where he played for two seasons. During his career, he also played for the Greenville Spinners and Montreal Royals.
In 2012, Lasorda was admitted to a New York hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Many people took to Twitter to send their prayers and well wishes to the former manager including a user named Thomas who shared a memory of the legend signing his baseball glove.
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