Tommy Lasorda

(Thomas Charles Lasorda)

Tommy Lasorda
Tommy Lasorda
  • Born: September 22, 1927
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Coach









Thomas Charles Lasorda is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who is best known for his two decades as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2018, he marked his 69th season in one capacity or another with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the longest tenure anyone has had with the team, edging Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully by three seasons. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 1997. He was the oldest living Hall of Famer as of January 2019.

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About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure. Failure ;Success
Always give an autograph when somebody asks you.
Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts.
Baseball is played by all countries now, and softball, too.
Chan Ho had a great career and was the exemplification of class, dignity and character.
Everybody wants to win, but everybody doesn't win.
Everything I have, I owe to baseball and the Dodgers.
Everywhere I go, I feel strange.
Grownups have to say 'please,' too.
Guys ask me, don't I get burned out? How can you get burned out doing something you love? I ask you, have you ever got tired of kissing a pretty girl? Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I am so happy and proud to learn of Hideo Nomo's election to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. He was quite a pitcher and competitor, but he is also a very special and caring person.
I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly you kill it, but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it.
I bleed Dodger blue and when I die, I'm going to the big Dodger in the sky.
I bleed Dodger blue!
I didn't even graduate from high school. I've never told anybody that before. I got my degree later, when I was in the army.
I do not care whether you're a Democrat or you're a Republican or an independent. We must pull for the people who are wearing the uniform of the armed forces. These people weren't drafted. They enlisted, because they believe.
I firmly believe that there is a God. I firmly believe that there is a Heaven. And I firmly believe that if you go there, it's gonna be great. Religion & God
I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I started in the lowest league in baseball, and I worked my way all the way up to Triple A and then to the big leagues. I never reached the level that I thought I would reach as a player. But that's the way it goes. So then I started from the bottom as a manager, and I worked my way up to managing the Dodgers for 20 years.
I still remember the entire Boy Scout motto. I don't remember the serial number of my gun in the army. I don't remember the number of my locker in school. But I remember that Boy Scout code.
I was fortunate enough to coach the U.S. Olympic team in Australia.
If you don't love the Dodgers, there's a good chance you may not get into Heaven. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If you love your job, you haven't worked a day in your life. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm telling you, I don't like cheaters.
I've always called L.A. 'the world capital of sport.' Sports & Athletics
I've got a portrait in the Smithsonian. Who ever thought that would happen?
I've had heroes in my life - Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth. Life
I've never used one word of profanity in front of my wife, or my daughter, or my granddaughter... or anybody else's wife.
Listen, if you start worrying about the people in the stands, before too long you're up in the stands with them.
Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies away.
My goal is to live to be 100.
My son wasn't gay. No way.
My theory of hitting was just to watch the ball as it came in and hit it.
No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are, you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference.
No, we don't cheat. And even if we did, I'd never tell you.
One time I was doing a speech to a group of kids, and just before I get there, I see this little kid crying. I found out they just lost a game, and he was the losing pitcher. I went over there, put my arm around him, and said, 'What are you crying for? When major league players lose, they don't cry.' Time
People say you can't go out and eat with your players. I say why not.
'Pressure' is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it's because you've started to think of failure. Failure
Sometimes you've just got to let an umpire know that you're not satisfied with his decision. That they've missed the play in your opinion. Not that it's going to do you any good, but you've got to let them know.
Sometimes, you get too hopped up, too excited, and it works against you.
Sports has kept me on the straight and narrow path. Sports & Athletics
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.
The only Angels in Los Angeles are in Heaven, and they're looking down on the Dodgers.
The only way I'd worry about the weather is if it snows on our side of the field and not theirs.
There are three kinds of people in this world: people who make it happen, people who watch what happens, and people who wonder what happened.
There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens.
They could never beat me in Springfield. I loved that old ballpark. If I could have pitched there all my career, I'd be a 300-game winner.
We're all put here for a reason. And one little movement changes your way of life. Life
When I took the job as the manager of the Olympic team, I didn't take it because I was a Dodger. I did it because I was an American, and I wanted to bring that gold medal where it belongs in baseball, the United States. And that's exactly what our team did.
When I was 15 years old, I used to actually dream I was pitching in Yankee Stadium. Bill Dickey was my catcher.
When I was interviewed after I got hired to replace Walter Alston, a future Hall of Famer, I was asked: 'Don't you feel pressure on you?' I said: 'Want to know something? I'm worried about the guy who's going to have to replace me.' Future
When we win, I'm so happy I eat a lot. When we lose, I'm so depressed, I eat a lot. When we're rained out, I'm so disappointed I eat a lot.
When you - when you become the manager of a major league team, particularly the Dodgers, to me, that's a privilege and an honor. No matter where you go or what you do, you represent that position that you have. And you represent that organization that gave you the opportunity to be doing what you're doing.
You can have the best team in baseball, and if nobody goes through the turnstiles, you've got to shut the doors down.
You can wake up every day and make today better than the last.
You get an opportunity to do something for your country, you better get out and do it.
You give loyalty, you'll get it back. You give love, you'll get it back. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex

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