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Tommy Lasorda
Tommy Lasorda

Tommy Lasorda

My Way
By Colin Gunderson, Foreword by Joe Torre

SPORTS & RECREATION

256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $25.95 (US $25.95) (CA $28.95)

ISBN 9781629370712

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Apr 2015)

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Overview

Tommy Lasorda believed that winning wasn't about being the best, but about believing you are the best and that philosophy runs throughout Tommy Lasorda: My Way. Author Colin Gunderson takes readers through Lasorda's days as a player and the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, including their two World Series Championships in 1981 and 1988. It also provides fans with a peek at what makes Lasorda tick: his relationship with his father, Sabatino, whom he emulated; his childhood growing up in Norristown, Pennsylvania, working odd jobs; and his unfailing work ethic. That work ethic helped him become one of baseball's most successful managers as he won the World Series twice, won four National League pennants and eight division titles with the Dodgers. In this book, fans will recall some of their favorite Lasorda anecdotes, and will also be privy to new information and rich background on this national baseball treasure, including memories from an All-Star roster of Dodgers stars.

Author Biography

Colin Gunderson worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 13 years, 12 of which as press coordinator and assistant to Tommy Lasorda. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Joe Torre won four World Series as manager of the New York Yankees and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Media

April 13, 2015 | KTLA 5
April 3, 2015 | Los Angeles Magazine
April 1, 2015 | Inside SoCal

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Tommy Lasorda: My Way 

By Colin Gunderson / Foreword by Joe Torre

 

Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.676.4256, b.ames@triumphbooks.com

 

Tommy Lasorda took over as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1976 and never looked back. During his incredible 20-year career in the Dodgers dugout, he guided the team to two World Series championships and was a two-time Manager of the Year. Along the way, he became a beloved figure among millions of baseball fans around the world, known for his honesty, humor, enthusiasm and bleeding Dodger blue.

 

Tommy Lasorda: My Way (Triumph Books, April 2015), an authorized biography by longtime Dodgers press coordinator Colin Gunderson, follows the compelling life of one of baseball’s greatest ambassadors. Throughout a lifetime in the game Lasorda exercised considerable influence over baseball by fostering deep and meaningful connections with players, fans and management that still resonates around the league. Featuring exclusive new interviews with more than 30 of Tommy’s former players and closest friends such as Vin Scully, Steve Garvey, Orel Hershiser, Mike Scoscia, Mike Piazza and a host of others, baseball fans will delight in this never-before-seen glimpse into the life of a living icon, including:

 

  • Instilling the Dodger Way, Lasorda’s pioneering attitude toward players and the game
  • Interviews with players from the '81 World Series and 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Tommy’s infamous temper, hollering and kicking dirt on umpires
  • Reflections on 60 years in professional baseball, from the boy scouts to Cooperstown

 

Enlightening, uplifting and often hilarious, Tommy Lasorda: My Way affords readers a rare opportunity to see the game from the perspective of one of baseball’s most treasured characters.

 

About the Author:

Colin Gunderson worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 13 years, 12 of which as press coordinator and assistant to Tommy Lasorda. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School and matriculated to Loyola Marymount University where he majored in English Literature. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

 

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