Red Sox President Larry Lucchino, Who Led Team to Three World Series Championships, Passes Away at 78

Beyond the diamond: Remembering Larry Lucchino, a legend in baseball and beyond

Larry Lucchino, a legendary figure in the world of baseball, passed away at the age of 78. During his illustrious career, Lucchino led the Boston Red Sox to three World Series championships and broke the infamous “Curse of the Bambino.”

Lucchino joined the Red Sox in 2001 when John Henry bought the team and served as team president for 14 years. In his first season with the organization, he hired young Theo Epstein to be the team’s general manager, along with team chairman Tom Werner, helping the Red Sox qualify for the MLB postseason seven times. Lucchino also famously dubbed the New York Yankees the “Evil Empire,” enhancing the rivalry between the two AL East teams.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred praised Lucchino as one of the most accomplished executives in the industry, highlighting his deep drive, understanding of baseball’s significance in communities, and ability to spot executive talent. Before his time with the Red Sox, Lucchino served as team president for the Baltimore Orioles and president and CEO of the San Diego Padres.

In Baltimore, Lucchino played a key role in building Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which set a template for modern ballparks. In San Diego, he led

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