Famous Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda has sadly died aged 93. Let’s find out a little more about him starting with, who was his wife?
There’s sadness in the baseball world today as the world has lost a legend, Tommy Lasorda, who made a huge impact on the industry throughout his life as a manager for the LA Dodgers.
Tributes for the sportsman are flooding Twitter as people express their condolences and remember his incredible achievements.
So who was Tommy Lasorda’s wife? Meet Jo Lasorda.
Who is Tommy Lasorda’s wife?
Tommy is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jo Lasorda.
The pair met in Jo’s hometown of Greenville, South Carolina whilst Tommy was playing there for the Greenville Spinners.
They then married on April 14th, 1950 and have lived in the same home in Fullerton, California for most of that time.
Tommy and Jo have one daughter together, Laura, and one granddaughter Emily Tess.
They also had a son, Tom Jr. who died in 1991. Reports say that he died of AIDS, however, Tommy always denied that his son was gay. They decided to name a gymnasium and youth center in Yorba Linda, California, in memory of him.
Jo Lasorda has not yet made a statement following her husband’s death.
Tommy Lasorda dies aged 93
Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda has sadly passed away aged 93, after spending a huge 70 years within the Dodgers organisation.
As CNN reports, Tommy had a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest whilst at home on Thursday evening (January 7th). He was then transported to hospital and less than an hour later, he was pronounced dead at 10:57 p.m.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the Los Angeles Dodgers said:
“Hall of Fame Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who spent seven decades in the Dodger organisation and became one of the most memorable personalities in baseball history, passed away. He was 93.”
Tributes to Tommy Lasorda flood Twitter
Following his sudden death, tributes to Tommy Lasorda have been flooding Twitter.
Dodgers player Kenley Jansen said: “Tommy Lasorda, this wonderful man, Hall of Famer in baseball and in life, this is him, so much joy. So much love he had for baseball, for the @Dodgers . To win, to love this game, to live and play with joy was his message to us. Rest in peace in Blue Heaven, sir and thank you.”
“Until we meet again Sir. Thank you for being a great man to me. This news hurt me so much today, but I thank God that He gave you your wish to see the Dodgers as champions again. You always said you couldn’t leave this world w/outseeing that. RIP @TommyLasorda,” Yaisel Puig wrote.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “Tommy Lasorda was the face of the franchise and the soul of this city. I loved watching him as a kid take our boys in blue to two World Series championships and spending time with him as an adult, sitting with him in his office or visiting with him behind home plate.”
It’s clear that Tommy Lasorda made a huge impact on Los Angeles and the baseball world and will be hugely missed.