Ex-Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, who helped break ‘Curse of the Bambino,’ dead at 78

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Larry Lucchino, the previous president of the Boston Red Sox who helped break the “Curse of the Bambino,” has died, the group introduced Tuesday. He was 78.

The Pink Sox posted about Lucchino’s demise on X.

“The Pink Sox & the sports activities world have misplaced an enormous,” the group stated. “Larry was a visionary whose aggressive spirit & sturdy will took sports activities franchises to new heights, notably ours.


Larry Lucchino is introduced with the Pink Sox Jimmy Fund Award earlier than a sport towards the Houston Astros on Aug. 29, 2023, at Fenway Park in Boston. (Maddie Malhotra/Boston Pink Sox/Getty Photographs)

“He was a curse-breaker, ballpark-preserver & group champion. Thanks, Larry.”

Lucchino was a D.C. lawyer and labored with the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Orioles because the agency he labored at, Williams & Connolly, had an possession stake in each of these groups. He served on the Redskins’ board of administrators from 1979 to 1985 and was the president of the Baltimore Orioles from 1988 to 1993.

After his time with the Orioles, Lucchino was the president and CEO of the San Diego Padres from 1995 to 2001. The Padres made a World Collection when he was an govt for the group.

Lucchino’s largest declare to fame was revamping the Pink Sox group from the lovable No. 2 of the American League, all the time the bridesmaid and by no means the bride behind the New York Yankees, right into a curse-breaking behemoth that went on to win titles in 2004, 2007 and 2013.

Earlier than that, the Pink Sox hadn’t gained a World Collection since 1918.

Larry Lucchino in August 2023

Former Pink Sox president Larry Lucchino, present president Sam Kennedy, and former participant David Ortiz stroll off the sphere after a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park on Aug. 29, 2023, in Boston. (Brian Fluharty/Getty Photographs)


“Larry Lucchino was one of the vital achieved executives that our business has ever had,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stated. “He was deeply pushed, he understood baseball’s place in our communities, and he had a eager eye for govt expertise. Larry’s imaginative and prescient for Camden Yards performed an important function in advancing fan-friendly ballparks throughout the sport. 

“He adopted up by overseeing the development of Petco Park, which stays a jewel of the San Diego group. Then Larry teamed with John Henry and Tom Werner to provide probably the most profitable period in Pink Sox historical past, which included historic World Collection Championships on the sphere and a renewed dedication to Fenway Park. On behalf of Main League Baseball, I ship my condolences to Larry’s household, his Pink Sox colleagues and his many associates all through our Nationwide Pastime.”

Pink Sox group proprietor John Henry remembered the lasting legacy Lucchino left on the group.

Larry Lucchino in June 2015

Larry Lucchino, of the Pink Sox, watches batting observe earlier than a sport towards the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on June 12, 2015, in Boston.  (Jim Rogash/Getty Photographs)

“Larry’s profession unfolded like a playbook of triumphs, marked by transformative moments that reshaped ballpark design, enhanced the fan expertise, and engineered the best circumstances for championships wherever his path led him, and particularly in Boston,” Henry stated. “But, maybe his most enduring legacy lies within the outstanding individuals he helped assemble on the Pink Sox, all of whom are a testomony to his coaching, knowledge, and mentorship. A lot of them proceed to form the group right this moment, carrying ahead the identical vigor, vitality, and cherished sayings that have been hallmarks of Larry’s persona.


“Larry was a formidable opponent in any enviornment, and whereas he battled arduous, he all the time maintained the utmost respect for a worthy adversary and located real pleasure in sparring with individuals. I used to be fortunate sufficient to have had him in my nook for 14 years and to have referred to as him a detailed good friend for even longer. He was actually irreplaceable and will likely be missed by all of us on the Pink Sox.”

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