April 20, 2024 4:24 am
Larry Lucchino, former Red Sox president who led team to 3 World Series wins, passes away at 78

Larry Lucchino, a legendary figure in the world of baseball, passed away at the age of 78. During his illustrious career, he oversaw the Boston Red Sox during their three World Series championships and helped shape the organization into a powerhouse in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Lucchino’s tenure with the Red Sox began when John Henry purchased the team in 2001. Over the course of 14 years as team president, Boston claimed World Series titles in 2004, 2007, and 2013, ending the 86-year “Curse of the Bambino”. One of his notable moves was hiring Theo Epstein as the team’s general manager, which led to several postseason appearances. He also helped heighten the rivalry with the New York Yankees, coining the term “Evil Empire” for their AL East rivals. His ability to assemble a talented front office team is credited with shaping the organization and ensuring its continued success.

Before his time with the Red Sox, Lucchino held positions as team president for the Baltimore Orioles and later as president and CEO of the San Diego Padres. He played a significant role in designing and developing Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Petco Park. In Boston, he led efforts to update and enhance historic Fenway Park, making improvements such as adding seats on “Green Monster” wall and modernizing various areas of ballpark.

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