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Larry Lucchino, former president and CEO of Red Sox, dies at 78 - ESPN

Larry Lucchino, the former president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox who oversaw three World Series titles during his tenure, has died, the team announced Tuesday. He was 78.

Lucchino became CEO of the Red Sox upon purchase of the team by the ownership group headed by John Henry and Tom Werner in February 2002. Lucchino, who stepped down from his role in 2015, had a smaller financial stake. He previously served as president/CEO of the Baltimore Orioles (1989-93) and San Diego Padres (1995-2001).

Lucchino was with the Orioles when they won the World Series in 1983, he was Padres CEO when San Diego went to the World Series in 1998, and he presided over the 2004 World Series title that ended Boston's 86-year drought, as well as subsequent championships in 2007 and 2013.

As CEO of the Red Sox, Lucchino famously clashed with late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. It was Lucchino who labeled the Yankees «the Evil Empire» in an interview with The New York Times.

«Larry's career unfolded like a playbook of triumphs, marked by transformative moments that reshaped ballpark design, enhanced the fan experience, and engineered the ideal conditions for championships wherever his path led him, and especially in Boston,» Henry said in a statement. «Yet, perhaps his most enduring legacy lies in the remarkable people he helped assemble at the Red Sox, all of whom are a testament to his training, wisdom, and mentorship.

»Many of them continue to shape the organization today, carrying forward the same vigor, vitality, and cherished sayings that were hallmarks of Larry's personality. Larry was a formidable opponent in any arena, and while he battled hard, he always maintained the utmost respect for a worthy adversary and found

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