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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 tenure with the Boston Red Sox, he oversaw three World Series championships and helped to break the infamous “Curse of the Bambino.”

One of Lucchino’s most notable achievements was hiring Theo Epstein as the team’s general manager, which led to several postseason appearances. He also played a significant role in heightening the rivalry with the New York Yankees by coining the term “Evil Empire” for their AL East rivals.

Before joining the Red Sox, Lucchino held positions as team president for both the Baltimore Orioles and later as president and CEO of the San Diego Padres. In Baltimore, he played a key role in designing and developing Oriole Park at Camden Yards, while in San Diego he led efforts to update and enhance Petco Park.

In Boston, Lucchino spearheaded efforts to update and modernize historic Fenway Park, including adding seats on the “Green Monster” wall and modernizing various areas of the ballpark. When he joined the Red Sox in 2001, he expressed his reverence for the franchise, calling it “Mecca” and “the top of the mountain” for any baseball executive.

Lucchino’s contributions to baseball were recognized by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and others within the industry. His legacy as a transformative figure in baseball will be remembered by fans and colleagues alike.

By Samantha Jones

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