ELMSFORD, N.Y. Hall of Famer and former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy LaSorda, one of Major League Baseballs most admired good will ambassadors, will be the grand marshal for the 2012 Elmsford Little League Parade Saturday.
Elmsford Little League President Rich Wurtzburger said LaSorda will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the season and deliver an inspirational speech.
We are so honored to have probably the best ambassador the game of baseball has ever seen as our grand marshal, Wurtzburger said. Tommy eats, drinks and sleeps the game of baseball, and has traveled across the globe to celebrate the game and spread the love of the game and his beloved Dodgers. Now we get to have him come to our town and share the day with our little leaguers and coaches. What a beautiful thing that these kids and parents will remember for a lifetime.
LaSordas teams won 1,599 games over his 20 years as manager, winning two World Series championships (1981 and 1988), four National League pennants and eight division titles.
Lasorda, who was inducted in 1997 to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, has spent the last six decades in one capacity or another with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers organization. His 61 post-season games managed ranks fourth all-time behind Bobby Cox, Casey Stengel and Joe Torre. He also managed in four All-Star games.
In 2000, Lasorda came out of retirement to manage the United States team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He led the Americans to the gold medal, beating heavily favored Cuba, which had won gold at the two previous Olympics. He became the first manager to win a World Series Championship, and lead a team to an Olympic gold medal.
The Elmsford Little League Parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will be led by the Alexander Hamilton High School and the Alice Grady School marching bands followed by the current little leaguers, coaches, umpires, board of directors, local police and fire departments and invited dignitaries. The parade will start at Main Street and North Stone Avenue in Elmsford and will march to the Elmsford Little League fields at West Rumbrook Park on Saw Mill River Road, located just south of Babbitt Court.
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