Lasorda to be inducted into Pacific Coast League HOF

LOS ANGELES -- Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda will be inducted into the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame next month.

The 78-year-old Lasorda managed in the PCL from 1969-72, and his teams had a 328-252-1 record. He guided the Spokane Indians to the
championship in 1970 and the Albuquerque Dukes to the title two years later.

Lasorda managed the Dodgers from 1977-96 and is in his 57th year in the organization. He was inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1997.

"It is a great honor to be inducted into the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame," Lasorda said in a statement issued Friday by the Dodgers. "When you honor me with this distinction, you really honor the players who put me there. All of the honors I receive became a reality only through the contributions of my players. In addition to myself, you also honor my family and the Dodger organization. I accept this recognition with pride and gratitude."

Branch P. Rickey, president of the PCL, will present Lasorda his Hall of Fame plaque May 19 in a pregame ceremony at Dodger Stadium.