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Tommy Lasorda, Dodgers icon and Hall of Fame manager, dies at 93

Tommy Lasorda
Posted at 9:06 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 12:59:53-05

FULLERTON, Calif. – The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced the death of Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda.

Lasorda passed away Thursday night at the age of 93 after suffering a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at his home, according to the Major League Baseball team.

Baseball’s “most popular ambassador” spent seven decades with the Dodgers, which included 71 seasons, according to the team. He spent the last 14 as special advisor to the chairman.

Lasorda’s death comes just days after he returned home from a two-month stay at a Southern California hospital. He was hospitalized due to heart issues starting in November, The Associated Press reports.

Before his death, Lasorda was able to see his team win another World Series, with the Dodgers defeating the Tampa Bay Rays for the title in October.

“Lasorda’s wish to see another Dodgers World Championship was fulfilled last October, when he traveled to Arlington, Texas to witness the Dodgers 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the World Series,” the Dodgers wrote in a statement.