Thomas Charles Lasorda
"I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer."
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Left handed pitcher Tom
Lasorda was originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as a 17 year old
amateur free agent in 1945.
In the 1948 Minor League Draft, Lasorda, along with Johnny Klippstein, was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers.
He played most of his professional baseball career with the Brooklyn Dodgers AAA farm club at Montreal.
Tommy had 2 brief stints with the Dodgers in 1954 and 1955, not registering a win or loss in his total of 13 innings pitched.
He finished his playing career in 1960 with a respectable minor league lifetime record of 136 wins and 104 losses and a 3.63 earned run average.
Staying on with the Dodgers, he started his managing career in 1965 and managed in the Dodgers farm system until 1976.
In 1976 he took over the Dodger reins upon Walt Alsons retirement and managed the club through the 1996 season.
As manager, he led the Dodgers to 4 pennants and 2 World Series titles. Tommy was voted NL manager of the year for 1983 and 1988.
The crafty left hander
appeared in the 1954 Topps set as he had made the team after a good spring
He was eventually sent back down to the minors to make way for another left hander, Sandy Koufax.