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According to a statement released by the Dodgers, Lasorda suffered a “sudden cardiopulmonary arrest” at his home before being transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Lasorda was initially admitted to the hospital in November. He was in critical condition at one point and was hooked up to a ventilator and sedated. His condition was not related to COVID-19.
Lasorda, a left-handed pitcher, played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Kansas City Athletics, going 0-4 with a 6.48 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 58.1 innings pitched. However, he of course was more known for his remarkable managerial career.
He retired from baseball in 1960 and joined the Dodgers as a scout and then a manager. He led the team to eight National League West Division titles, four pennants and two World Series championships. After retiring from managing, he became vice president and interim general manager of the Dodgers.
Lasorda was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 in his first year of eligibility. He also had his No. 2 jersey retired by the Dodgers.