Lasorda Honored for His 60 Years With Club

Hall of Fame manager and Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda will be honored tonight (Friday) at Dodger Stadium for his 60 years with the Dodgers. As part of the celebration the first 50,000 fans will receive a commemorative Tommy Lasorda Hall of Fame replica plaque, presented by Farmer John.

  In addition, Lasorda's official Hall of Fame plaque from Cooperstown will be on display in Autograph Alley.  

"I am looking forward to sharing this celebration with the greatest fans in baseball," said Lasorda. "I have always said that it is an honor and privilege to be a Dodger, and the Dodgers have given me the opportunity to do what I love to do for my entire life."  

In conjunction with the celebration of his 60 years in Dodger Blue, fans can purchase tickets to sit in Dodgertown, Italia, located in the My Town section in Reserve sections 56 and 60.  

Fans in Dodgertown, Italia will receive free Dodgertown, Italia t-shirts that read, "This is My Town" in Italian, as well as an all-inclusive Italian food menu including marinated artichokes, Tuscan-style barbeque chicken, and grilled Italian sausage, as well as Dodger Dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn, and soft drinks.    

A Lasorda Wine tasting will be held in the My Town, Italia section, as all Lasorda Wine comes from Italy.  Fans can purchase tickets to sit in Dodgertown, Italia at dodgers.com/sitinmytown.   

Lasorda began his career with the Dodgers in 1949 when he was drafted as a left-handed pitcher from the Philadelphia Phillies.  Upon being drafted by the Dodgers he was sent to Greenville, South Carolina where he played for the Greenville Spinners for one season before being promoted to the Montreal Royals, one of three Dodger Triple-A affiliates, in 1950.   

Lasorda played in Montreal until 1954 when he was sent to Brooklyn where he finished the season.  He also played in Brooklyn during the first half of the 1955 season until he was sent back to Montreal.   

After retiring as a player, Lasorda was hired by Al Campanis to be a scout for the Dodgers. He remained a scout for the Dodgers until 1966 when he became a minor league manager for the Ogden Dodgers, a position he held for three seasons (1966-68).   

From Ogden he became the minor league manager for the Spokane Indians, the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, for three seasons (1969-71).  Lasorda's 1970 Indians won the pennant by 26 games and was voted as the best minor league team in baseball by Baseball America.   

The Dodgers affiliated with the Albuquerque Dukes and Lasorda followed, managing there in 1972.  Lasorda joined Walter Alston's coaching staff in 1973 as the third base coach. He held that position for four seasons (1973-76) until Alston's retirement.   

  Lasorda was named manager of the Dodgers on September 29, 1976.  He managed the Dodgers for 20 years (1977-96), leading Los Angeles to eight division titles, four National League Pennants and two World Series Championships (1981, '88). His career record was 1,599–1,439.  

  At the time of his retirement, he ranked 13th in all-time wins.  On August 3, 1997, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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