I am here in Ogden for two reasons: the first is we have our Rookie-Advanced team here so I’m working with the players and coaches. The second is the Ogden Raptors are retiring my jersey, inducting me into the Ogden Professional Baseball Wall of Fame, and the mayor will proclaim July 10 as Tommy Lasorda Day in Ogden.
I managed here for three years (1966-68) and loved it. We worked our tails off, played great baseball and made lifelong friendships and memories.
The people here are so kind, and the ballpark is beautiful. There is a mountain range in the background beyond center field that is breathtaking.
In the eight years I managed in the minor leagues I sent 73 players to the big leagues. While in Ogden I sent 14 players up, nine of which played for the Dodgers.
And we won the Pioneer League championship all three of the years I managed here.
How sweet it is; the fruits of victory.
In tomorrow’s blog I will share a story or two about those days, which I loved.