Jo Lasorda Bio, Wiki
Jo Lasorda is best known for being the wife of Tommy Lasorda, an American professional baseball pitcher, coach, and manager. He managed the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1976 through 1996. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 1997. From the death of Red Schoendienst in June 2018 until his own death in January 2021, Lasorda was the oldest living member of the Hall of Fame.
Lasorda is survived by his wife, Jo, whom he married in 1950, and a daughter, Laura.
Lasorda partially owned the food company Lasorda Foods, which was known primarily for pasta sauces that Lasorda stated were based on a family recipe passed down to his wife, Jo. The company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Denver firm Discovery Capital Corp, of which Lasorda continued to own 10% in September 1989.
The parent company through which Lasorda maintained his stake in the Lasorda Foods, Lasorda Foods Holding Corp Inc., was initially based in Fountain Valley, California, before moving to Irvine and then Paramount. A Boca Raton, the Florida-based company, Modami Services, acquired Lasorda Foods Holding Corp Inc. in August 1993. Lasorda and Lasorda Foods President Steven Fox, who together owned a majority of Lasorda Foods’ stock, were paid in Modami shares.
Jo Lasorda & Tommy Lasorda
Lasorda married his Baptist wife Jo in 1950. He would have a priest come to Dodger games on Sundays to offer Mass for Catholic players. The two met in Jo’s hometown of Greenville, South Carolina while Lasorda was playing there for the Greenville Spinners. They resided in Fullerton, California, for more than 50 years and they had two children. They named a gymnasium and youth center in memory of their son, Tom Jr., in Yorba Linda, California on September 7, 1997. In 1991, Tom Jr. (known as “Spunky”) died of complications related to AIDS. Lasorda denied that his son was gay; according to sportswriter Bill Plaschke, he insisted his son died of cancer.
Tommy Lasorda Death & Cause
Lasorda died on Thursday night January 7th, 2021 in Southern California, the team announced Friday. He suffered a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at his home in Fullerton and was then taken to a hospital where he died. His death at 93 comes just days after being released from the hospital. He had previously suffered a mild heart attack in 2012 at which time he joked “the doctors confirmed, I do bleed Dodger blue.”
The ebullient, bombastic and profane L.A. Dodgers’ manager piloted them to upset world championships over the Yankees in 1981 and Oakland A’s in 1988, before achieving post-career fame by managing the U.S. Olympic baseball team to an upset gold medal win over Cuba in 2000.
We mourn the passing of Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda. He was 93. pic.twitter.com/fkPf67iH7h
— MLB (@MLB) January 8, 2021