Baseball World, Fans Mourn, as Dodgers Legend Tommy Lasorda Dies at 93

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Sad tidings from the sports world today, as the Los Angeles Dodgers organization announces it lost one of its own, with the passing of legendary, longtime manager Tommy Lasorda Thursday night. He was 93.

Reuters:

Tommy Lasorda, the colorful and cantankerous longtime manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers who led the team to four National League pennants and two World Series championships in the 1970s and ’80s, has died. He was 93.

Lasorda, who spent more than 70 years in the Dodgers organization, suffered a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at home Thursday night and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, the team said in a statement on Friday.

“In a franchise that has celebrated such great legends of the game, no one who wore the uniform embodied the Dodger spirit as much as Tommy Lasorda,” Dodgers chief executive Stan Kasten said in a news release.

It continued:

“A tireless spokesman for baseball, his dedication to the sport and the team he loved was unmatched. He was a champion who at critical moments seemingly willed his teams to victory.

“The Dodgers and their fans will miss him terribly. Tommy is quite simply irreplaceable and unforgettable.”

Baseball commissioner Robert Mandred also weighed in on the news:

“Tommy Lasorda was one of the finest managers our game has ever known. He loved life as a Dodger,” MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred said in a statement. “His passion, success, charisma and sense of humor turned him into an international celebrity, a stature that he used to grow our sport.”

In response, the Major League Baseball world poured out love and remembrances of the legendary skipper, who entered the Baseball Hall of Fame as Dodgers manager:

And fans left their condolences on Twitter, too.

My colleague Jennifer Van Laar’s contribution includes a video tribute from LA sports writer Bill Plaschke:

And she passed along this fan’s touching tribute, too:

There was also this from St. Louis Cardinals country, thanks to Susie Moore:

As I reported last fall, the love from Dodgers nation for its team and anyone who’s a part of the tradition are much beloved, including longtime announcer Vin Scully, who “missed the fans” so much after hanging up the microphone, he hopped on social media to continue the conversation.

So, it seems fitting to end with this message by a fan, on Tommy’s own “message to us: “to win, to live, to play with joy”:

RIP, Tommy.