Former Los Angeles Dodger Manager, Tommy Lasorda, died Thursday night after going into cardiopulmonary arrest.
Lasorda reportedly suffered the cardiac arrest at 10:07 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 10:57 p.m, according to a statement by the Dodgers.
“Regarded by many as baseball’s most popular ambassador, Lasorda spent 71 seasons with the Dodgers organization with Dodger Blue running through his veins,” the team said. “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.”
Lasorda had just returned home this week after spending two months in an Orange County hospital, being treated in Intensive Care for an undisclosed reason.
“Sending my best wishes to Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda and joining fans and Angelenos all across our city in wishing him a quick recovery,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted after the news of Lasorda’s hospitalization.
The former manager retired from Major League Baseball in 1996 after suffering a heart attack, but before doing so, Lasorda won two World Series championships managing the Dodgers— later having his No. 2 jersey retired by the team in 1997.
“There are two things about Tommy I will always remember about Tommy,” Former Hall of Fame Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully said. “The first is his boundless enthusiasm… the other was his determination.”
Lasorda is survives by his wife Jo, daughter Laura and god daughter Emily Tess.