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:

LASORDA TO BE INDUCTED INTO

CUBAN SPORTS HALL OF FAME

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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4 Comments

Tommy,

Congratulations. I am guessing the only halls you’re not in are Montezuma’s.

I would like to talk to you about a possible speaking engagement. Topic “teamwork” focus on Olympic Gold medal experience. There’s a lunch involved.

I am trying to get my friend Eddie Wright to be there too. Youmet him at a Veterans event at the stadium .

Tommy – I think you are the greatest.

I very much enjoyed your contribution to game and have been watching you for over 30 years !!

Greg
http://baseballfix.mlblogs.com/

I don’t use twitter (yet) but I’m happy to read about Andre having his uniform number at St Mary’s, retired, someday I strongly feel that his Dodger uniform number will also be retired.
Congratulations to you Tommy, on entering another Hall of Fame.

Tommy, as a little leaguer in 1977 in the Midwest where everyone liked the Reds, I went against the fair winds, since my favorite color was blue, and I played some 1st base and was given #12, Garvey’s #. When my dad found out Lasorda was the Dodger’s coach, he instantly became a Dodger fan as well, as he recalled seeing you pitch so many times in his homeland of Cuba, and then the Dodgers dethrone the Big Red Machine, creating life long fans out of my Dad & I. So we enjoyed many years of chears (81 & 88), and a couple tears (83 & 85). And now my son, as a 3rd generation Dodger fan, gets to chear with me, all in large part, thanks to you and what you brought to the organization, and to Baseball. Congrats on your induction, as my dad I’m sure is smiling down from heaven.

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