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“Your determination determines your success” – Tommy Lasorda - #MondayQuotes

“Your determination determines your success” – Tommy Lasorda - #MondayQuotes

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This entry is part 16 of 17 in the series Monday Quotes S01

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

#MondayQuotes: “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

About Tommy Lasorda

Thomas Charles Lasorda who was born on September 22, 1927, was a former Major League Baseball pitcher, coach, and manager, who is best known for his two decades managing the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2018, he marked his 69th season 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. Since the death of Red Schoendienst in June 2018, he has been the oldest living Hall of Famer.

His life

Lasorda was famous for his colorful personality and outspoken opinions regarding players and other personnel associated with baseball. He had a number of obscenity-filled tirades, some of which were taped and became underground classics, like his explosion over Kurt Bevacqua. The most famous of these is his “Dave Kingman tirade” in 1978, in which Lasorda ranted at reporter Paul Olden, who asked him about Kingman hitting three home runs against the Dodgers that day.

In 1996, he voiced the role of Lucky Lasorta, a Rough Collie commentating the baseball game in the film Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco. He made a cameo appearance in the movie Ladybugs (1992) alongside Rodney Dangerfield. Lasorda portrayed the Dugout Wizard in the syndicated children’s television show The Baseball Bunch. His other television credits playing himself include Silver Spoons, Who’s The Boss?, CHiPs, Hart to Hart, Fantasy Island, Hee Haw, Simon & Simon, Everybody Loves Raymond and American Restoration.

“Your determination determines your success” – Tommy Lasorda - #MondayQuotes
“Your determination determines your success” – Tommy Lasorda – #MondayQuotes

Lasorda partially owned the food company Lasorda Foods, which was known primarily for pasta sauces that Lasorda stated were based on a family recipe passed down to his wife, Jo. In September 1989, the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Denver firm Discovery Capital Corp, of which Lasorda continued to own 10%. The parent company through which Lasorda maintained his stake in the Lasorda Foods, Lasorda Foods Holding Corp Inc., was initially based in Fountain Valley, California, before moving to Irvine and then Paramount. A Boca Raton, Florida-based company, Modami Services, acquired Lasorda Foods Holding Corp Inc. in August 1993. Lasorda and Lasorda Foods President Steven Fox, who together owned a majority of Lasorda Foods’ stock, were paid in Modami shares.

In June 2005, President George W. Bush asked Lasorda to serve as a delegate to the U.S. National Day at the World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. In 2008, the government of Japan conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, which represents the fourth-highest of eight classes associated with the award. The decoration was presented in acknowledgment of his contributions to Japanese baseball.

Lasorda became a local celebrity in the Dominican Republic due to his many visits in search of young baseball talents in this land of many famous players in the major leagues, especially after becoming a devoted fan of the “chicharrones” (deep fried pork skins) commonly sold on the streets of the Villa Mella neighborhood of Santo Domingo.

With the death of Red Schoendienst on June 6, 2018, Lasorda is the oldest living Hall-of-Famer.

Biography source: Wikipedia

Photography source: CSUN Today

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