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To be enshrined with the Boys of Summer is a great honor that I will cherish forever. I played in Brooklyn with those guys. I made lifelong friendships with them and am very appreciative to have my name mentioned alongside theirs:
LASORDA TO BE INDUCTED INTO BROOKLYN DODGERS HALL OF FAME
This Induction Marks Lasorda’s 14th Hall of Fame
LOS ANGELES – Hall of Fame manager and Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda will be inducted into the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place at KeySpan Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones this Sunday, August 16 during a special ceremony. The day will begin at 3 p.m. EST with a news conference at KeySpan Park, followed by a tour of the Brooklyn Baseball Museum where Lasorda will be inducted. From there he will go out on the field for the pregame ceremony and address the crowd. The game starts at 5 p.m.
As part of Lasorda’s 60-year career with the Dodgers, he played in parts of two seasons for Brooklyn (1954-55) as a left-handed pitcher. After being called up from one of the Dodgers’ three Triple-A affiliates, the Montreal Royals, Lasorda made his Major League debut on August 5, 1954 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Lasorda finished the ’54 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers and continued with them through the middle of the ’55 season when he was sent back to Montreal to make room on the roster.
Although Lasorda went 0-4 with a 6.52 ERA in his Major League career, he went on to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers for 20 seasons (1977-96) and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, joining fellow Brooklyn Dodgers Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Leo Durocher, Roy Campanella, Burleigh Grimes, Dazzy Vance, Zack Wheat, Walter Alston, Wilbert Robinson, Walter O’Malley, Branch Rickey, and Larry MacPhail.
This enshrinement marks Lasorda’s 14th Hall of Fame. Most recently, he was inducted into the Inland Empire 66ers Hall of Fame on August 1 and the Ogden Professional Baseball Hall of Fame on July 10. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on August 3, 1997 after winning eight division titles, four National League pennants and two World Series championships (1981, 88).
Lasorda has also been inducted into the Pacific Coast League HOF (2006), Canadian Baseball HOF (2006), Italian American Sports HOF (1989), California Sports HOF (2006), Montgomery County Coaches HOF (2002), South Atlantic League (2001), Albuquerque Baseball HOF (2007), and the Louisiana Italian American HOF (1985), the Cleveland Italian American HOF and the Rhode Island Italian American HOF. Later this year Lasorda will be enshrined in the Philadelphia Sports HOF (November 12).