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Lot # 806: 1970s Tommy Lasorda Los Angeles Dodgers Game Worn Coaches Jersey

Category: Baseball Equipment

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 15 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring Classic 2022",
which ran from 5/20/2022 7:00 PM to
6/11/2022 10:00 PM

"It took the greatest left-hander in baseball history to get me off that Brooklyn club - and I still think they made a mistake," said former left-handed Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Tommy Lasorda. Of course, that greatest left-hander in baseball history referenced by Tommy Lasorda was none other than the magnificent Hall of Famer, Sandy Koufax. Lasorda was on the 1954 and 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, and he also pitched for the Kansas City Athletics. Perhaps Lasorda is using a bit of hyperbole, as his Major League pitching record was 0-4, with an ERA of 6.48. Let's say that Tommy was a greater storyteller than he was a Major League pitcher. He was also a greater manager than he was a pitcher. So great that he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Lasorda advocated finding the sweet spot, the proper balance, in running a team. "I believe that managing is like holding a dove in your hand," said Tommy. "Hold it too tightly and you kill it, but hold it too loosely, and you lose it." Lasorda didn't ever get to pitch much for the Dodgers, only eight games, but he managed the team, the Los Angeles version, for 21 years. He won two Manager of the Year Awards, four pennants and two World Series. The jersey has "La Sorda" as two words, across the upper back. Under the name is the number "52" in blue letters, and this number shows some very small fabric loss. The back shows a team repair. The front has "Dodgers" in blue script and "52" in red numerals on the left chest. The front has buttons. On the neck is a manufacturer's tag, with washing instructions and size "46". The jersey shows good wear, with a few stains, a very small hole on the back, some loose threads, and a small tear in the lining for the neck area. Overall, the jersey is in good condition, and it offers a wonderful link to great Dodger teams, both in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, through one of baseball's great managers, and great characters, Tommy Lasorda.

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