The baseball world has lost one of its brightest and most popular figures.
On Friday morning, the Los Angeles Dodgers shared that longtime manager and Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda had passed away from a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at his home. He was 93 years old.
Lasorda had been hospitalized in the intensive care unit since mid-November with an illness, but had been released on Tuesday of this week and was resting at home.
Lasorda began his baseball career for the Brooklyn Dodgers, making his big league debut on August 5, 1954 as a relief pitcher. He'd go on to become the face of that same franchise, working with the Dodgers as a scout, a third base coach and, most notably, a manager. 1,599 wins, four National League pennants and two World Series titles later, Lasorda was undoubtedly one of baseball's all-time greats.
Lasorda was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 following his final season as a manager.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement following the news, calling Lasorda "one of the finest managers our game has ever known" and applauding his role as an ambassador of baseball that helped to grow the sport's international presence and diversity.
Several friends and fans took to Twitter to mourn the loss of one of our national pastime's most memorable figures.