Larry Lucchino, former Red Sox president who led team to 3 World Series wins, passes away at 78

Remembering Larry Lucchino: A Baseball Legend Whose Impact Will Be Felt for Generations

Boston Red Sox mourn the loss of former team president Larry Lucchino, who passed away at the age of 78. Lucchino’s tenure with the Red Sox began when John Henry purchased the team in 2001 and saw Boston claim World Series titles in 2004, 2007, and 2013. One of his notable moves was hiring Theo Epstein as general manager, leading to several postseason appearances. He also coined the term “Evil Empire” for their AL East rivals, the New York Yankees.

Lucchino’s contributions to baseball extend beyond his time with the Red Sox. Prior to joining the team, he held positions as team president for the Baltimore Orioles and later as president and CEO of the San Diego Padres. During his time with the Orioles, he played a significant role in designing Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Petco Park. In Boston, he led efforts to update and enhance historic Fenway Park, adding seats on the “Green Monster” wall and modernizing various areas of the ballpark.

Upon joining the Red Sox, Lucchino expressed his reverence for the franchise, calling it “Mecca” and “the top of the mountain” for any baseball executive. His impact on the organization and contributions to baseball were recognized by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and others within the industry. Larry Lucchino’s legacy as a transformative figure in baseball will be remembered by fans and colleagues alike.

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