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 we’re left with an indelible portrait of a legend that, if Tommy Lasorda has anything to say about it, we won’t ever forget.
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About the Author
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 ESPN’s Around the Horn.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love baseball and love reading and this is the best baseball book I have ever read.
This book is called I live for this by Bill Plaschke. The story is about a famous die hard dodger and hall of fame person that talks about his life in the present and past. This man is the last true believer Tommy Lasorda. Tommy was born in Italy and was an unfortunate family and him and his brothers loved baseball. So whenever there was a game at the park they would try to steal all the baseball equipment they can because they couldn¿t afford to buy it. At a young age Tommy and his family left Italy to go to the United States so that they can get better jobs and education. Once Tommy was in high school he maid the baseball team but briefly got playing time. Then one day his dream came true he will be playing in the professionals. Once he was in the MLB he wanted to be a dodger and in a few years it came true he became a dodger. But he had problems and didn¿t have a successful career. So he became the manager of the dodgers and won two World Series and the 2000 Olympics. But it toke a lot of hard work to get there. I as a baseball fan and a dodger fan I really enjoyed it. I do recommend it to all dodgers¿ fans and Tommy lasorda fans too. The reason is Tommy was a great player and manager but he is recognized mostly for his successful managing skills. Also this book sends a message to you about life. As well as a very fun book but at times you forget if he¿s in the past or present. So you should this book.