On June 7, 1995, former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda joined elite company with his 1,500th win as a Major League manager. Lasorda’s accomplishment came during a 7-1 victory over the Montreal Expos.
Lasorda is the last Dodgers manager to win a World Series, and he captured two titles — in 1981 and 1988. Lasorda also guided Los Angeles to four National League pennants. The 1997 Hall-of-Fame inductee wrapped up his managerial career with a 1,599-1,439 record.
Lasorda ranks 20th in all-time managerial wins. Recent news surrounding him was of the somber tone, as the 89-year-old recently underwent surgery to replace his pacemaker. Lasorda returned to Dodger Stadium on Monday night and received a standing ovation.
Steve Garvey joins list of Iron Men
Also on June 7, but in 1982, legendary first baseman Steve Garvey played in his 1,000th consecutive game during a 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Despite going 0-for-4, Garvey received a continuous standing ovation from the crowd in recognition of his accomplishment.
He joined Lou Gehrig (2,130 games), Everett Scott (1,307), Billy Williams (1,117) and Joe Sewell (1,103) as the only Major League players to appear in a minimum of 1,000 consecutive games.
Garvey’s unique streak would go until he reached 1,207 consecutive games before it ended on July 29, 1983, while he was a member of the San Diego Padres. The accomplishment ranks as the fourth-longest consecutive games streak.
The 10-time All-Star and 1974 MVP spent 14 seasons with the Dodgers, batting a .301/.337/.459, with 333 doubles, 211 home runs and 992 RBIs. Garvey of course was a member of the famed Dodgers infield that spent nearly nine seasons together (1973-1981).
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