Sunday, November 28, 2021

Joe Lasorda, widow of Los Angeles Dodgers manager, dies at 91

Fullerton, Calif.—Fullerton City Council will close Tuesday night’s meeting with a moment of silence for Joe LaSorda, widow of former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy LaSorda, following his death Monday at age 91.

A city spokeswoman, Anissa Livas, said the council’s tribute was one of two planned for Lasorda, who died at her Fullerton home. The city will also hold a moment of silence for Mrs Lasorda on Wednesday morning, during a previously planned news conference declared Wednesday in Fullerton as “Tommy Lasorda Day”.

Wednesday would have been Tommy LaSorda’s 94th birthday.

“We are deeply saddened” by the news of Mrs Lasorda’s death, Livas said.

“Tommy Lasorda Day” will feature several days of events, including the city signing the Sister City Covenant with Tolo, Italy, in honor of Tommy Lasorda’s parents.

According to the city, Tommy and Joe LaSorda lived in Fullerton for about 68 years.

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Tommy LaSorda and his wife Joe at the Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Stadium on April 4, 1984 in Los Angeles. (Lennox McLedon/AP Photo)

“The Los Angeles Dodgers family was saddened to learn of Joe LaSorda’s passing,” the Dodgers said in a statement announcing Joe LaSorda’s death on Tuesday.

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“She was at her home surrounded by her loved ones.”

No cause of death was given.

According to the team, Joe Lasorda died on Monday night at 8:59 pm.

Tommy Lasorda died on 7 January at the age of 93. The two were married on 14 April 1950—a 70-year union.

Tommy LaSorda managed the Dodgers for 20 years from 1976 to 1996, leading the team to two World Series championships. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 as a manager.

Joe LaSorda was born Joan Miller on March 14, 1930, in Greenville, South Carolina, and met Tommy LaSorda at a 1949 Greenville Spinners minor league baseball game, when he was a left-hander for the then-Brooklyn Dodgers’ farm team. There was a pitcher.

who Lasorda has a daughter, Laura; a granddaughter, Emily Tess; and a sister, Gladys Reeves of Greenville, SC A son, Tom LaSorda Jr., died in 1991.

Funeral services were pending.

City News Service

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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