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Tommy Lasorda poses with Gene Autry and Santa
It is not known what Los Angeles Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda (L) and California Angel owner Gene Autry were talking about to Santa, but from the grins on their faces when photographers approached, it may have had something to do with pennants in their Christmas stockings. Te three are pictures shortly before they took part in the 51st Annual Hollywood Christmas parade on November 28, 1982 in Hollywood. (UPI Photo/Glenn Waggner/Files)
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Orvon Grover Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998), better known as Gene Autry, was an American performer who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on the radio, in movies and on television for more than three decades beginning in the 1930s. Autry was also owner of the Los Angeles/California Angels Major League Baseball team from 1961 to 1997, a television station and several radio stations in Southern California.

Although his signature song was "Back in the Saddle Again," Autry is best known today for his Christmas holiday songs, "Here Comes Santa Claus" (which he wrote), "Frosty the Snowman," and his biggest hit, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

He is a member of both the Country Music and Nashville Songwriters halls of fame, and is the only celebrity to have five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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