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Jo Lasorda dies at age 91; longtime fixture with Dodgers


Jo Lasorda, the widow of former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, died this week at her Fullerton home. She was 91.

“The Los Angeles Dodgers family were saddened to learn of the passing of Jo Lasorda,” the Dodgers said in a statement Tuesday. “She was surrounded by her loved ones at her home.”

Jo Lasorda died at 8:59 p.m. Monday, the Dodgers said. Tommy Lasorda died on Jan. 7 at age 93. The two were married on April 14, 1950—a 70-year union.

Jo and Tommy Lasorda were residents of Fullerton for 68 years, and the city honored them on Wednesday—which would have been Tommy’s 94th birthday—with “Tommy Lasorda Day.”

Tommy Lasorda managed the Dodgers for 20 years, from 1976 to 1996, leading the team to two World Series championships. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 1997.

Jo Lasorda was born Joan Miller in Greenville, S.C. on March 14, 1930, and met Tommy Lasorda at a Greenville Spinners minor league baseball game in 1949, when he was a left-handed pitcher for the then-Brooklyn Dodgers’ farm team.

Jo Lasorda is survived by a daughter, Laura; a granddaughter, Emily Tess; and a sister, Gladys Reeves of Greenville, S.C. A son, Tom Lasorda Jr., died in 1991.

Funeral services were pending at press time.