According to a report from TMZ Sports, former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda has suffered a heart attack.
84-year-old Lasorda — who ended his illustrious coaching career after a prior heart attack in 1996 — was in NY representing the L.A. Dodgers at the MLB draft, which started yesterday. The heart attack was “mild” and Tommy is expected to be ok — and the plan is for him to be released tomorrow.
Lasorda was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown by the Veterans Committee in 1997, and for some strange reason, he was also elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. This, despite much evidence of him being a little less savoury of a character than was perhaps suggested by his public image.
This is an excerpt from an article written by Richard Griffin that appeared in the Toronto Star at the time of his induction:
Which brings us back to Lasorda and why is he in the hall? Unlike his well-nurtured public image, he’s in reality a mean-spirited, egocentric, homophobic bully who has done nothing for Canadian baseball.
When it was discovered in the late-‘70s that Dodgers centre fielder Glenn Burke was gay and had befriended Lasorda’s son, Tommy, Jr., Burke alleges that he had him traded to the A’s.
Later on, at the time Lasorda’s AIDS-ridden son was gravely ill, another gay player, Billy Bean, alleged that Lasorda was still telling rough, unfunny, homophobic locker room jokes.
First suspicions that all might not be right with Lasorda came yesterday when the former Dodgers manager failed to appear at the draft. Even if he was a jerk at multiple points in his life, we still hope for a speedy recovery because we’re better than him.