Everett Raymond Kinstler, 5 Aug 1926 - 26 May 2019
Thomas Charles Lasorda, born 22 Sep 1927
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 153 x 127cm (60 1/4 x 50")
Frame: 179.1 x 153.7 x 6.4cm (70 1/2 x 60 1/2 x 2 1/2")
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Terry and Justin Dedeaux; The Gilbert Family; The Iden Family; The Lasorda Family; Mark and Chris Leggio; The Los Angeles Dodgers; Don and Andrea MacCord; Major League Baseball; Lowell Milken; Michael and Lori Milken.
Tommy Lasorda's six decades with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers establishes his claim that when he bleeds, he bleeds Dodger blue. Lasorda began his career as a pitcher with the Concord Weavers in 1945, served three years in the army, and was drafted by the Dodgers. He made his major-league debut in 1954, pitching two seasons for the Dodgers and one for Kansas City. In 1961 the Dodgers signed him as a scout, then manager, for their farm teams, and in 1973 he became their third-base coach. Lasorda became manager of the Dodgers in 1976 and won two World Series championships (1981, 1988), four pennants, and eight division titles, retiring in 1996. In 1997 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Lasorda came out of retirement to manage the U.S. baseball team in the 2000 Olympics and led them to a gold medal over the heavily favored Cuban team.