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Happy birthday, Tommy Lasorda. Here's a museum portrait for you.

September 22, 2009 | 11:25 am


You know the joke "He's so old, he belongs in a museum?" Well, former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda is making that joke come true.

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. installed a painting of Lasorda on Tuesday, his 82nd birthday.

The portrait, measuring 60 by 50 inches, commemorates Lasorda's long career with the Dodgers and goes on view at the start of a three-game series between the Dodgers and Washington Nationals.

The portrait, painted by Everett Raymond Kinstler, will be on view in the "New Arrivals" gallery as part of the baseball-related art section through Nov. 15.

But is Lasorda the best candidate to have his portrait? What about Willie Mays? Vin ScullyBarry Bonds? OK, maybe not Barry Bonds. What living baseball standout would you choose to put in the Smithsonian? Leave a comment and let us know.

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Tommy Lasorda poses with his portrait at the Smithsonian on Tuesday. Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais