MLB experience: 21 seasons, all with Dodgers (1976-96)
Career record: 1,599-1,439-2 (.526)
1981 record: 63-47 (.572)
1981 postseason record: 10-6 (.625)
It seems almost sacrilegious to think now, but approaching the 1981 season, some were calling for Tommy Lasorda’s job. He had made it to the World Series in each of his first two seasons, only to come up short, but had missed the playoffs entirely in the next two seasons.
But Lasorda saved his job and etched his legacy in Dodgers lore during the wacky 1981 season, which saw a midseason strike. That led to a convoluted playoff format in which the NL team with the best record, the Cincinnati Reds, didn’t make the playoffs.
Lasorda’s bunch did, however, and despite trailing in all three of their playoff series, the Dodgers defeated the Yankees 4-2 in the World Series to give Lasorda his first ring as a manager.
Lasorda retired from managing in 1996, but he never retired from the Dodgers or from baseball. He currently is a special adviser to Dodgers chairman Mark Walter and is in his 12th year in that role. His role includes evaluating minor league players as well as acting as an ambassador for the club.
At 91 years old, Lasorda is the oldest living Baseball Hall of Famer and has no plans to retire.
"Hey, I'll never retire," said Lasorda. "The Dodgers still pay me. It's good money."