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Former Dodgers Manager Lasorda Recovering From Mild Heart Attack

Tom Lasorda
Phil Niekro, left, and Tom Lasorda hold their awards after being inducted into the Nation Baseball Hall of Fame. Photographer: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda had a mild heart attack two days ago while attending Major League Baseball’s first-year draft in New York.

Lasorda, 84, was resting comfortably at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center after doctors inserted a stent to correct a blocked artery, the Dodgers said yesterday in a release.

“The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger Blue,” Lasorda said in the team statement. “I’m looking forward to being back at the stadium to cheer on the Dodgers.”

The Hall of Fame manager led the Dodgers from 1976 to 1996, retiring after he had a heart attack in June 1996. He is now a special adviser for the team. He led the franchise to World Series titles in 1981 and 1988, and twice was selected National League manager of the year.

Lasorda, who went 0-4 in parts of three seasons as a major league pitcher from 1954-56, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1997 after compiling a 1,599-1,439 record as manager. He ranks 18th on the major league career list for wins as a manager.

He also led the U.S. Olympic team to the gold medal at the 2000 Games in Sydney.

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