Lasorda celebrates 83rd birthday in LA

Lasorda celebrates 83rd birthday in LA

LOS ANGELES -- Eighty-three years, and 61 one of them with the Dodgers.

Former Dodgers manager, permanent Dodgers icon and current Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda celebrated his 83rd birthday at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

Fans sang happy birthday to Lasorda shortly before a night game with the Padres. Lasorda's No. 2 is one of 10 Dodgers numbers to be retired and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997. He spent 20 seasons as Dodgers manager, from 1977-96.

Connie Mack, John McGraw and Walter Alston are the only other managers in Major League history to skipper the same club for at least 20 seasons.

Wednesday was also the 76th birthday of Dodgers legend "Sweet" Lou Johnson. He got the game under way by announcing, "It's time for Dodger baseball."