Lasorda was a beloved figure in baseball and his legacy will continue to live on.
The California State Legislature has officially named a section of Interstate 5 in honor of Tommy Lasorda, naming it the Tommy Lasorda Memorial Highway. This California legislature bill was authored by Los Angeles and Orange County representative Sharon Quirk-Silva.
Lasorda was a beloved figure in baseball and spent decades in the game, first as a player and then as a manager. Lasorda was deeply committed to the Dodgers organization and passed away in 2021. The former Dodger lived in Fullerton which is the reason why the 1-5 was chosen for this dedication. The section of I-5 is north of Disneyland, between Ball Road and Lincoln Avenue.
“Tommy Lasorda embodied the spirit and love of the game of baseball, dedicating his life to the game by managing one of the most successful baseball franchises and encouraging the success of his players. It was Lasorda’s humanitarianism and spirit of goodwill towards kids everywhere that made him a legend,” said Quirk-Silva. “Because of Tommy Lasorda’s generosity to provide opportunities for kids, it is only fitting that we celebrate his recognition at the West Fullerton Little League Opening Day. He was an icon; a generous humanitarian with boundless enthusiasm. I thank the Dodgers organization for working with my office and the state of California to honor a Dodger hero.”
According to Dodgers Insider, the ceremony will occur just before the opening ceremonies of the West Fullerton Little League. Family and friends will be in attendance including Quirk-Silva, former Dodger Eric Karros, and Tommy’s daughter Laura Lasorda.
Naming a section of I-5 after Tommy Lasorda is certainly a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much to baseball and the Dodgers organization. His legacy and his impact on the community will continue to be remembered.