March 2011

My New Blog Post

Here is my story from last night’s edition of Lasorda at His Best presented by Skechers:

I am very proud to be a Dodger for 62 years.  Being with the Dodgers is special, as it is the greatest organization in baseball.

You say you are a Padre and they say when did you become a priest?

You say you are a Twin and they say where is your brother or sister?

You say you are a Cardinal and they say work hard, next step is to be the pope.

But when you hear the word Dodgers, people know immediately it’s Major League Baseball.

You know, it’s amazing that I managed the Dodgers for 20 consecutive seasons.  There are only four guys who were able to do that: Connie Mack, but he owned the team so who was going to fire him? Then there was John McGraw, and he was part owner, number three was Walter Alston, my predecessor and then me.

Another thing I accomplished as Manager of the Dodgers is there are only two managers in the history of the National League that were able to win the pennant in their first two years: Gabby Street of the Cardinals did it in 1930 and ‘31, and I did it in 1977 and ’78.  Unbelievable.

 

Tommy at His Best – Doug Harvey

This umpire is not Doug Harvey

Here is my story from last night’s edition of Lasorda at His Best presented by Skechers:

I had a situation with Doug Harvey, the umpire, who is now in the Hall of Fame.  We were playing in Cincinnati and I put in a pinch runner, Dave Anderson.  We were one run down and Anderson is on second base and there is a base hit.  He comes around third and is thrown out at home.   If he scored he would have been the tying run.

I saw the third baseman bump Anderson as he rounded third.  I went out to talk to Doug and tell him what I was thinking.

“Didn’t you see the third baseman bump him?” I asked.

He said, “You know Tommy, I think you are losing your mind.”

“You want to know something Doug, I think you are losing your eye sight.  You just missed a call and it cost us the ballgame.”

The next morning I get up and read the morning paper.  In the game story the third baseman said, “If I hadn’t have bumped Anderson they would have tied the game.”

I go to the ballpark and when I got there Doug told me not to bring that paper with me or you’re gone!

Umpires……….

 

Doug Harvey deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.  He did an outstanding job and represented Major League Baseball to the highest degree of class, dignity and character.

 

Tommy At His Best – The Bobby Darwin Story

Here is last night’s edition of Tommy at His Best, presented by Skechers:

When I was managing Spokane I had a real good ball club, and I had a real good pitcher by the name of Bobby Darwin.  How Bobby was signed is amazing.  He was released by the Angels, and he was working for the Auto Club driving tow trucks.  Al Campanis had a flat tire and he called the Auto Club.  Who came out to help him but Bobby Darwin.  He spoke with Mr. Campanis, and Mr. Campanis signed him.

Now he is playing for me in Triple-A.  Before every game we would play a game during batting practice with the pitchers.  During those games I would see Bobby hitting the ball unbelievably.  I called Al and said this guy has a great pitching arm but I can’t see him pitching in the major leagues.   I told Al I would like to convert him to an outfielder, and he told me to go ahead and do it.  I asked Bobby if he would convert and he said he would be happy to do it.

That night I put him in the game and he came up to bat.  There was a leather-lunged fan sitting behind the dugout screaming at me.

“Hey Tommy, you dummy, how can you play a pitcher in he outfield when we have a chance to win the pennant?!  You are the worst manager ever saw.  Go back to where you came from!”

Do I have to listen to this guy the rest of the game?

Rich Robertson was pitching and he throws Bobby a fastball and he hits it for a three-run homer.  As he comes around third base I gave him a big pat on the back.  I turned around to look for this fan.

The same fan stands up and says, “Hey Lasorda, you dummy, why hasn’t that guy been playing the outfield all season?!”

Bobby has been with the Dodgers for decades now, as he has been one of our best scouts in Southern California for years.  He is an outstanding judge of talent, a man of character, a great friend and a credit to the Dodger organization.

 

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