Lasorda named special advisor to chairman

Tommy Lasorda, the only manager in baseball history to win both a World Series and Olympic gold medal, has been named Special Advisor to the Chairman, according to Los Angeles Dodgers' Owner and Chairman Frank McCourt.

"Having devoted more than half a century to the Dodgers as a player, scout, coach, manager and executive, Tommy Lasorda represents an incredible resource of information and perspective for this organization," McCourt said. "His name is synonymous with Dodger baseball and he is recognized around the world as one of the sport's most notable goodwill ambassadors. We will utilize his incomparable talents and keen mind on many varied projects."

In his new position, Lasorda will report directly to the Office of the Chairman, serving as an advisor on all areas of the Dodger organization for McCourt and Vice Chairman Jamie McCourt.

Lasorda, 77, begins his 56th season in the Dodger organization. He was named Vice President in 1996 after retiring as manager, a position he held for 20 seasons. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in 1998. Lasorda's current responsibilities include scouting, evaluating and teaching minor league players, acting as an advisor and ambassador for the Dodgers' international affiliations, and representing the franchise at more than 100 speaking engagements and appearances to various charities, private groups and military personnel each year.

"I am extremely honored that Frank McCourt thought enough of me to elevate me to this position," Lasorda said. "I will always do my best to uphold the Dodger name."

Lasorda compiled a 1,599-1,439 record and won two World Championships, four National League pennants and eight division titles from 1976-96. His 16 wins in 30 N.L. Championship Series games were the most of any manager at the time of his retirement. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1997, his first year of eligibility.

Among the honors he has received throughout his illustrious career include Minor League Manager of the Year (1970) by The Sporting News, Manager of the Year (1977) by UPI and the Associated Press, Manager of the Year (1981) by the Associated Press and National League Manager of the Year (1988) by Baseball America.

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