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Tommy Lasorda enshrined at National Portrait Gallery

September 22, 2009 | 12:26 pm


The L.A. Dodgers' Tommy Lasorda turns 82 today, and in honor of his birthday -- as well as his decades-long career in baseball -- the National Portrait Gallery in Washington has unveiled a portrait in his honor.

Measuring 60 by 50 inches, the Lasorda portrait was painted by New York artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, who painted the official White House portraits of Presidents Ford and Reagan. It is on display next to a painting of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy created by Andy Warhol and sits across from the portrait of President Obama created by Shepard Fairey.

Today's unveiling was attended by Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, Dodgers chief executive Jamie McCourt, Dodgers manager Joe Torre and former Dodger Steve Garvey.

Lasorda, who spent 20 years as Dodger manager, retired in 1996 after a heart attack. He serves as the team's special advisor to McCourt.

"I just can't believe something like this is happening to me," Lasorda said in a Times story.

Read the full story here.

-- David Ng

Photo: the recently unveiled portrait of Tommy Lasorda at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press