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Award-winning sportswriter Plaschke strips the veneer from one of baseballs last living legends--Tommy Lasorda--to show how grit and determination really can transform a life.
An award-winning sportswriter shows us one of baseballand#8217;s most famous and enduring legends as weand#8217;ve never seen him before, revealing the secrets of his amazing, unlikely success and his unvarnished opinions on the state of the game.
Tommy Lasorda is perhaps baseballand#8217;s most famous and popular figure. At seventy-nine, after twenty years of managing and fifty-seven years with one franchise, this Hall of Famer still suits up in Dodger Blue every day. He also keeps a travel schedule that would dizzy the most frequent of frequent fliers. The embodiment of the American dream, Lasorda went from a scrawny, overlooked Italian kid of average ability to become one of the worldand#8217;s most recognizable baseball faces. And he fought for it every step of the way.
In I Live for This Bill Plaschke strips the veneer from one of baseballand#8217;s last living legends to show how grit and determination really can transform a life. We think we know this jovial manager from the rah-rah style that has always raised eyebrows in the world of baseball. Some view him as an anachronism. Some love him like Santa Claus. But thereand#8217;s one thing they all agree on: Lasorda is a success.
With gleaming insight and remarkable candor, Plaschke takes us inside the day-to-day world of this baseball great to reveal a side of Lasorda that few people really know. And along the way, weand#8217;re treated to some of the most outrageous stories in sports. We also discover Lasordaand#8217;s unshakable opinions about what plagues baseball today.
Bravely and brilliantly, I Live for This dissects the personality to give us the person. In the end weand#8217;re left with an indelible portrait of a legend that, if Lasorda has anything to say about it, we wonand#8217;t ever forget.
Tommy Lasorda is baseball's true immortal and one of its larger than life figures. A former pitcher who was overshadowed by Sandy Koufax, Lasorda went on to a Hall of Fame career as a manager with one of baseball's most storied franchises. His teams won two World Series, four National League pennants, and eight division titles. He was twice named National League manager of the year and he also led the United States baseball team to the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
In I Live for This! award-winning sportswriter Bill Plaschke shows us one of baseball's last living legends as we've never seen him before, revealing the man behind the myth, the secrets to his amazing, unlikely success, and his unvarnished opinions on the state of the game. Bravely and brilliantly, I Live for This! dissects the personality to give us the person. By the end were left with an indelible portrait of a legend that, if Tommy Lasorda has anything to say about it, we wont ever forget.
About the Author
TOMMY LASORDA is one of the most successful managers in baseball history, a Hall of Famer who led the Dodgers to eight division titles and two world championships in twenty seasons. Lasorda currently serves as executive senior vice president for the Dodgers and lectures around the world promoting baseball. He lives in Fullerton, California.BILL PLASCHKE has been named the Associated Press Sports Columnist of the Year three times. He has been a columnist for the Los Angeles Times since 1996 and is a regular panelist on ESPNs Around the Horn.
Table of Contents
Foreword ix 1. I FOUGHT FOR THIS 1 2. I GAMBLED FOR THIS 22 3. I TRAINED FOR THIS 44 4. I BOUNCED AROUND FOR THIS 75 5. I HUNGERED FOR THIS 98 6. I WAS BORN FOR THIS 121 7. I PREACHED FOR THIS 149 8. I NEARLY DIED FOR THIS 176 9. I CRIED FOR THIS 203 Epilogue: I WAS REBORN FOR THIS 217 Tommy Lasordaand#8217;s Managerial Record 221 Acknowledgments 224 Index 228