Larry Lucchino, a former president of the Boston Red Sox, has passed away at the age of 78. During his 14 years as team president, he oversaw the franchise to three World Series championships, ending the 86-year “Curse of the Bambino.” One of his notable moves was hiring Theo Epstein as the team’s general manager, which led to several postseason appearances. He also helped fuel the rivalry with the New York Yankees by coining the term “Evil Empire” for their AL East rivals.

Prior to his time with the Red Sox, Lucchino served as team president for the Baltimore Orioles and later as president and CEO of the San Diego Padres. He played a significant role in the design and development of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Petco Park. In Boston, he led efforts to update and improve historic Fenway Park, making improvements such as the addition of “Green Monster” wall seating and modernization of various areas of the stadium.

Upon joining the Red Sox, Lucchino expressed his respect for the franchise, calling it “the Mecca” and “the top of

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