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interstate 5 freeway, the most important road in the state of California, will be named in one of its segments to Tommy Lasordathe legendary manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, the California State Assembly reported.
the stretch which will be named “Tommy Lasorda Memorial Highway” as of this Saturday, March 4, is located in Orange County, specifically in Fullerton, the “second home” of the man who was a pitcher, coach, manager, executive and consultant for the Dodgers.
Lasorda died in January 2021. That year, Assemblywoman (D-Fullerton) Sharon Quirk-Silva’s initiative passed. The exact location of the sign on southbound I-5 will be before Lincoln Avenue, while northbound I-5 will be before Ball Road.
“Tommy Lasorda embodied the spirit and love for the game of baseball, dedicating his life to the sport by running one of baseball’s most successful franchises and encouraging the success of its players. It was humanitarianism and the spirit of Lasorda’s good will to children around the world which made him a legend.” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva.
However, this is not all that the assemblywoman expressed about the man born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, as she explained that motivated by these actions of generosity towards infants, the most logical thing is to celebrate this recognition on the Opening Day of the West Fullerton Little League, while thanking the Dodgers for working together to honor Lasorda.
“Because of Tommy Lasorda’s generosity in providing opportunities for children, it’s only fitting that we celebrate his recognition on 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.”
LA Dodgers are also happy about the tribute to Lasorda
In the same press release, Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers, revealed how excited they were to be working with Quirk-Silva in order to honor Lasorda in a meaningful way.
“We are excited to partner with Assemblyman Quirk-Silva to honor Tommy Lasorda in such a meaningful way,” said Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Fullerton held a very special place in Tommy’s heart, and we know how proud you would be to be here today.”
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