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

Larry Lucchino, a renowned baseball executive known for his impact on the sport, passed away at the age of 78. During his illustrious career, he oversaw three World Series championships with the Boston Red Sox and led efforts to update historic Fenway Park.

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 general manager, which led to several postseason appearances. He also heightened the rivalry with the New York Yankees by coining them “Evil Empire” for their AL East rivals.

Before joining 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 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 contributions to baseball were recognized by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and others within

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