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Boston Red Sox Legend Larry Lucchino Dies at 78

Larry Lucchino, a legendary figure in the world of baseball, passed away at the age of 78. During his illustrious career, he 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. Under his leadership, the Red Sox won World Series titles in 2002, 2007, and 2013. He 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 joining 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 constructing Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which set a template for modern ballparks. In San Diego, he led development of Petco Park. In Boston, Lucchino focused on modernizing Fenway Park, making numerous improvements to historic stadium including adding seats on iconic “Green Monster” wall and remodeling home clubhouse among others things.

Lucchino once described Fenway Park as “magic words” for any baseball executive calling it Mecca and peak mountain top. His legacy with Red Sox will be remembered for years to come as he contributed significantly not just to this franchise but also entire baseball industry.

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