Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Tommy Lasorda (died January 7th, aged 93)

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In November 2020, former professional baseball pitcher Tommy Lasorda was hospitalized for heart problems and was reported to be “in serious condition” in intensive care. In December of that year,  Lasorda was taken out of the intensive care unit as his condition continued to improve. However, on January 7th, just two days after being released from the hospital, he entered sudden cardiac arrest at his home and was rushed back to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead that night. He was 93.

Lasorda played in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1954 and 1955 and for the Kansas City Athletics in 1956. He then coached for the Dodgers from 1973 through 1976 before taking over as manager. He managed the team from 1976 through 1996 and was named the Manager of the Year of the National League twice. In 1997, Lasorda was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager.

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