March 2010

Cuba Libre!


Today I was inducted into the Ciuban Sports Hall of Fame.  This enshrinement marked my 16th Hall.  I played in Cuba in the 1950’s for Almendares and Marianao.  I loved it then, and I love the Cuban people.

Here is the news release the Dodgers put out:



Induction tomorrow marks Lasorda’s 16th Hall of Fame


LOS ANGELES – Hall of Fame Manager and Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda will be inducted into the Cuban Sports Hall of Fame tomorrow.  The induction ceremony will take place in Miami, Florida during a special ceremony.  The ceremony begins at 12:00 p.m. and will be held at the Big Five Club at 600 SW 92nd Avenue, Miami, FL. 

“I am very proud to be inducted into the Cuban Sports Hall of Fame,” said Lasorda. “I loved my time in Cuba and am very fond of the Cuban people.  They are very passionate about their baseball and I was so proud to be a part of it.”

Lasorda played in Cuba as a left-handed pitcher during the 1950s during Winter Ball.  He played for Almendares and Marianao and saw the Cuban government change hands twice. In 1952 he saw Fulgencio Batista overthrow Carlos Prio Socarrás and in 1959 he saw Fidel Castro overthrow Batista.  

This enshrinement marks Lasorda’s 16th Hall of Fame.  Most recently, he was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on November 12.  Last summer he was inducted into the Brooklyn Baseball Hall of Fame, the Inland Empire 66ers Hall of Fame and the Ogden Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.  He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on August 3, 1997 after managing the Dodgers for 20 years 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 HOF (2001), Albuquerque Baseball HOF (2007), Louisiana Italian American HOF (1985), Cleveland Italian American HOF, Rhode Island Italian American HOF and the Philadelphia Sports HOF (2009). 

The Cuban Sports Hall of Fame houses athletes and executives from many sports.  Also enshrined in the Cuban Sports HOF are Special Advisor to the General Manager, Latin American Operations Ralph Avila (1996) and Dodger scout Mike Brito (2005).

The two-time defending National League West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, pioneers in sport and world culture, have won more games, more pennants, and more World Series than any other club in the National League since moving to Los Angeles.  Since the start of the modern era in baseball, the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles, combined, have a cumulative attendance of more than 184 million, the highest total in the history of baseball or any other sport.

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