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Five Tommy Lasorda stories from his playing days that you probably haven’t heard

Tommy Lasorda cherished baseball, and baseball cherished Tommy Lasorda. 

The game misplaced an icon on Friday, when Lasorda died on the age of 93. It’s good that he was capable of see his beloved Dodgers win yet another World Collection championship earlier than he died. He spent his life bleeding Dodger Blue. 

MORE: Classic photos of Tommy Lasorda

The tales about Lasorda are countless, whether or not it was Tommy telling the tales or others telling the tales about Tommy. And people traditional yarns — the time he “fought” the Phillie Phanatic, the time he had a mascot ejected in Montreal, the time he gave a reporter his thoughts on Dave Kingman’s performance — should be informed time and again. 

Right now, we’re going to look again via The Sporting Information archives to seek out 5 tales from his taking part in days that you just won’t have heard. Let’s begin with this merchandise from the Jan. 18, 1945, concern, the primary time his identify was talked about by TSN. 

The Phillies have signed Tommy Lasorda, a southpaw hurler, to a Utica Japanese League contract. Seventeen years outdated, Lasorda hails from Norristown, Pa.

He spent the remainder of his profession filling up TSN pages. Listed here are simply 5 of numerous highlights.  

Not a typo: 25 strikeouts in a single sport

Headline: LaSorda followers 25 to win 15-inning Can-Am sport
Challenge date:
June 9, 1948

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Fanning 25 batters and singling dwelling the deciding run, Tommy LaSorda, southpaw of Schenectady, went the route towards Amsterdam to win a 15-inning Canadian-American League sport, 6 to five, right here the night time of Could 31. LaSorda allowed ten his, walked 12 and hit one. 

Fred Prior additionally went the space for Amsterdam, giving up ten safties, strolling six and fanning 5. 

Amsterdam broke a 3 to three tie by scoring two runs within the twelfth body, however an inside-the-park homer by Larry Rush and one exterior the park by Ernie Woods re-knotted the sport. 

The league file for strikeouts in a nine-inning sport is 22, established by Earl Jones of Gloversville towards Rome in 1942

‘We would like Tommy’ apparently

Headline: Crank threatens Montreal pilot, calls off tilt
Challenge date:
 June 2, 1954

MONTREAL, Que. — A crank and a sensible joker brought on appreciable consternation amongst Montreal gamers and officers, Could 19-23, by first sending Supervisor Max Macon a threatening letter after which calling off a sport. 

Following a 19-4 shellacking by Buffalo, Could 19, Macon disclosed receipt of the letter, clearly from a crank. The letter, written in French, stated that except Macon pitched Tommy Lasorda towards Richmond the next Sunday and the Royals received, the pilot could be “handled. You’ll be strangled.” It was signed “One Who Hits” and “The Puncher.”

Montreal police assigned a bodyguard to Macon the following few days. The night time after receipt of the letter, Macon pitched Lasorda towards Buffalo and he received, 4 to three. The Royals additionally swept the following Sunday invoice with Richmond, however Lasorda noticed no service in both sport. 

On Could 22, an unknown individual referred to as off that night time’s sport some 12 hours earlier than the scheduled beginning time. Figuring out himself as “phoning from the Royals’ park” he notified newspapers and radio stations that the sport had been postponed due to moist grounds though on the time it had not been referred to as off.

In a single occasion, the caller recognized himself as “a groundskeeper.” A test later disclosed that typically a person’s voice and at others a girl’s voice introduced the postponement.

Feisty Lasorda results in an inadvertent umpire harm

Headline: Ump harm in fall, working to interrupt up battle in Cuba
Challenge date:
 Jan. 16, 1952

HAVANA, Cuba — Umpire Pat Padden of the American Affiliation was hospitalized, January 5, following a battle between pitcher Tom Lasorda (Montreal) of Almendares and Lorenzo Cabrera (Ottawa) of Marianao, however not because of any blows struck. Padden tripped whereas working out to intervene and fell on his facet, which had suffered a earlier harm, the autumn knocking him unconscious. No bones have been damaged, however he was taken to a clinic for commentary. 

The battle between Lasorda and Cabrera was the fruits of a sequence of disputes. A ball pitched by Lasorda got here near the pinnacle of Cabrera, who protested to Supervisor-Catcher Fermin Guerra, who assured him Lasorda at all times had a bent to be wild. Nonetheless, when the second pitch got here shut once more, Cabrera let the bat slip from his hand to land close to the pitcher’s mound. After Lasorda’s third pitch hit the batter squarely within the ribs, Cabrera began towards Lasorda, bat in hand, and the 2 quickly have been swinging at one another. 

Cabrera was ordered from the sport, however Lasorda was permitted to stay within the field. He was lifted later by Almendares when he drained.  

Tommy Thunderstorm

Headline: Lasorda in rain-maker position, first 4 dates washed out
Challenge date:
 Could 1, 1957

DENVER, Colo. — Southpaw Tommy Lasorda of the Denver Bears would possibly discover hiring out as a drought-breaker extra worthwhile than pitching if the early days of the American Affiliation race are a sign. 

The Bears have been rained out on 4 of their first six dates and Lasorda was scheduled to pitch every time. And the final time the Bears performed in Florida in spring exhibitions, rain washed out the sport within the third inning simply as Lasorda took the mound. 

Tommy does all of it, sees his future clearly

Headline: Lasorda pitches, coaches, fills in as Royals’ supervisor
Challenge date: 
June 18, 1958

MONTREAL, Que. — Tom Lasorda was pitching a sport lately for the Montreal Royals when Supervisor Clay Bryany was ejected, together with Sandy Amoros, for disputing a choice with an excessive amount of vehemence. 

Southpaw Lasorda then grew to become pilot pro-tem in addition to the pitcher. He delivered one of many membership’s few hits and scored the one run. He completed up teaching at third base. 

That is the way in which it’s with Thomas Charles Lasorda, Royals’ common factotum as pitcher, coach, highway secretary and interpreter for the Latin members of the staff. 

If there is a busier man in baseball, among the many gamers, that’s, a person with extra jobs to do, then he hasn’t handed this manner. 

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When not pitching, Lasorda does the teaching at first base. He runs the pitching employees for Supervisor Bryant apart from assignments, in fact. He runs the pitchers within the outfield once they’re not scheduled to work. He runs with them. He bats for the fielding warm-ups. 

When the staff is on the highway, Lasorda handles practice and airplane transportation, books the gamers into motels, takes care of their accidents and, when crucial, hospitalization. 

Typically he sleeps!

When requested if these a number of duties weren’t an excessive amount of for one man, Tom’s eyes sparkled. “I really like all of them,” he stated. “They preserve a man out of mischief.”

Lasorda is rarely at a loss for a phrase, or quite phrases. His teammates good-naturedly name him “Walkie Talkie.”

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Concerning the longer term, Lasorda stated that it’s his ambition to develop into a full-time supervisor — within the Dodger group if potential. He needs to maintain on working for Buzzie Bavasi and Fresco Thompson, whom he describes as “fantastic bosses.”

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