Legendary Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, 90, to be honored by LA City Council
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council will honor former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda today and celebrate his recent 90th birthday.
The ceremony is set for the beginning of the City Council meeting at 10 a.m.
“We are delighted to recognize Tommy Lasorda for his significant contributions and wish him the happiest of birthdays,” Councilman Paul Koretz said. “Tommy Lasorda has been a champion with the Dodgers and for the city of Los Angeles,”
“He is regarded by many as baseball’s most popular ambassador not only in the U.S. but around the world. As a lifelong Dodgers fan it is my honor to invite him to Los Angeles City Hall and allow us to share in his 90th birthday celebration.”
Lasorda turned 90 on Sept. 22. He managed the Dodgers from 1976 to 1996, guiding the team to four World Series appearances, including championships in 1981 and 1988. He was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.
Lasorda is in his 68th season with the Dodger organization 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 is in his 11th season as a special advisor to the chairman.
Lasorda underwent surgery in May to replace his pacemaker.