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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 during their three World Series championships, passed away at the age of 78 on Tuesday. Lucchino’s tenure with the Red Sox began in December 2001 when John Henry purchased the team. Over the next 14 years, the Red Sox won World Series titles in 2004, 2007, and 2013, breaking the infamous “Curse of the Bambino” that had haunted the franchise for 86 years.

Lucchino made significant contributions to the Red Sox organization during his time as team president, including hiring a young Theo Epstein as general manager, which led to seven postseason appearances. He also played a role in elevating the rivalry between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees, coining the term “Evil Empire” to describe their AL East opponents.

Tom Werner, team chairman, praised Lucchino’s legacy of assembling a remarkable team at the Red Sox and the enduring impact of his leadership. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred also recognized Lucchino as one of the most accomplished executives in the industry, highlighting his deep understanding of baseball’s community role and his eye for talent.

Before joining the Red Sox, Lucchino served as team president for the Baltimore Orioles and president/CEO of the San Diego Padres. He played crucial roles in the development of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Petco Park, setting new standards for classic, downtown ballparks. In Boston, Lucchino focused on modernizing Fenway Park with various upgrades, enhancing the historic ballpark while maintaining its iconic features.

In reflecting on his time with the Red Sox, Lucchino described the organization as “magic words” for any baseball executive, recognizing its significance and heritage in the baseball world. Throughout his career, Lucchino’s leadership and contributions left a lasting impact on the teams and ballparks he helped shape.

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