Larry Lucchino, a legendary baseball executive, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 78. He spent his final years as the former team president of the Boston Red Sox, where he led the team to three World Series titles during his tenure.

Lucchino first joined the Red Sox in December 2001 when John Henry took over the team and spent 14 years as team president. During his time with the Red Sox, Lucchino hired young Theo Epstein as general manager and along with team president Tom Werner, led the team to seven postseason appearances.

Lucchino is also known for bringing up the intense rivalry between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees, dubbing them “the Evil Empire”. He was praised for his ability to assemble top talent within the organization and left a lasting legacy that continues to shape the Red Sox today.

Prior to joining 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 designing Oriole Park at Camden Yards and developing Petco Park in San Diego.

While in Boston, Lucchino oversaw efforts to update and modernize Fenway Park, adding seating atop

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