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Red Sox President Larry Lucchino, who led team to 3 World Series titles, passes away at age 78

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Apr 2, 2024

Larry Lucchino, the former team president of the Boston Red Sox, passed away at the age of 78. Lucchino joined the Red Sox in 2001 when John Henry bought the team and went on to lead the franchise to three World Series championships during his 14-year tenure. He played a key role in breaking the “Curse of the Bambino,” helping the Red Sox win titles in 2004, 2007, and 2013. Lucchino hired Theo Epstein as general manager in his first season, and together with team chairman Tom Werner, they guided the team to seven postseason appearances.

One of Lucchino’s most notable contributions was elevating the rivalry between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees, famously referring to them as the “Evil Empire.” He was praised for his ability to assemble a talented team, with Henry acknowledging his mentorship and influence on the organization. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred also spoke highly of Lucchino, recognizing his outstanding leadership in the industry.

Before his time with the Red Sox, Lucchino held leadership roles with the Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres. He played a pivotal role in the development of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Petco Park, contributing to the trend of building new ballparks with unique features in downtown locations. While in Boston, Lucchino focused on modernizing Fenway Park, making improvements such as adding seats to the “Green Monster” wall, enhancing the concourses, and updating club suites.

In reflecting on his time with the Red Sox, Lucchino expressed his deep appreciation for the organization, referring to it as a baseball executive’s Mecca. His legacy lives on through the lasting impact he made on the team and the sport of baseball as a whole.

By editor

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