Larry Lucchino
Larry Lucchino 2013.jpg
Lucchino in 2013
Born (1945-09-06) September 6, 1945 (age 76)
EducationPrinceton University
Yale Law School
OccupationLawyer and MLB executive
Known for
Awards

Lawrence Lucchino (born September 6, 1945) is an American lawyer, best known as an executive in Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously served as president of the Baltimore Orioles, president/CEO of the San Diego Padres, and president/CEO of the Boston Red Sox. He is chairman of the Worcester Red Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox; chairman of The Jimmy Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute; and president/CEO emeritus of Fenway Sports Group, the parent company of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool F.C. Lucchino played college basketball for the Princeton Tigers.

Early life

Lucchino was born in Pittsburgh, graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School there,[1] and attended Princeton University where he played college basketball.[2] He was a member of the Princeton Tigers men's basketball team for the 1964–65, 1965–66, and 1966–67 seasons.[3][4][5] The 1964–65 Tigers, captained by Bill Bradley, advanced to the Final Four of the 1965 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament.[6]

Lucchino graduated from Princeton in 1967 and then received a J.D.[7] degree from Yale Law School, where he was a classmate of Hillary Clinton.[8][9]

Career

After law school, Lucchino practiced law with the Washington, D. C., law firm of Williams & Connolly.[10] The founder, famed litigator Edward Bennett Williams, had ownership interest in both the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Orioles.[8] Lucchino's law practice at Williams & Connolly included a substantial amount of work for those two sports teams. Through that work, Lucchino served on the Redskins' board of directors from 1979 to 1985.[10] He later became president of the Baltimore Orioles, serving from 1988 to 1993, and president and CEO of the San Diego Padres, serving from 1995 to 2001.[10] Lucchino subsequently joined the Boston Red Sox as president and CEO when John W. Henry purchased the team in December 2001.[11]

Lucchino is known for having initiated the trend of building baseball-only facilities with an old-fashioned charm and smaller seating capacities. Under his watch, both the Orioles and Padres built new stadiums, pioneering Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Petco Park, respectively.[8][10] Various other MLB teams have followed this lead and built new stadiums with an old-style look and feel.

Lucchino helped build Padres teams that made the playoffs in 1996 and 1998. They advanced to the 1998 World Series, which was instrumental in winning a city-wide vote in November 1998 to authorize the construction of Petco Park. Lucchino was named to the Padres Hall of Fame in 2022.[12]

Lucchino brought future general manager Theo Epstein with him to the Red Sox from the Orioles and the Padres,[13] having also encouraged Epstein to attend law school while he was working at the Padres.[14] As part of the management team that signed David Ortiz to the Red Sox, Lucchino "always enjoyed a strong connection with Big Papi throughout his entire career".[15]

On August 1, 2015, the Red Sox announced that Lucchino was stepping down after the 2015 season.[11] He retired on October 5, 2015, and became president/CEO emeritus of Fenway Sports Group.[16] Lucchino continued as chairman and co-owner of the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based Pawtucket Red Sox.[15] He was a key figure in the relocation of the franchise to Worcester, Massachusetts, becoming the Worcester Red Sox for the 2021 minor league season.[17][18] Lucchino serves as that team's first chairman.[19]

Personal life

Lucchino, at right, with Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson in 2012
Lucchino, at right, with Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson in 2012

Lucchino previously served on the board of directors for Special Olympics.[20] He has been a commencement speaker at several colleges in the New England area, including Boston University (2008),[21] New England School of Law (2008), Bryant University (2009), and Anna Maria College (2010). He has been awarded several honorary degrees, including from Boston University, Suffolk University, and Palomar College.[10]

Lucchino is the only person known to have World Series rings (Orioles, 1983; Red Sox 2004, 2007, 2013 and 2018), a Super Bowl ring (Redskins, 1982) and a Final Four watch (Princeton, 1965).[8][10] He was inducted to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2016.[22] He has also been inducted to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, and Taylor Allderdice High School Hall of Fame.[10] He was named chairman of The Jimmy Fund in 2016.[23]

Lucchino is a non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor.[24][25] In December 2019, he underwent surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to remove a cancerous blockage in the kidney area.[26]

He is married to Stacey Johnson,[27] and he adopted her two children, Davis and Blair.[28]

References

  1. ^ Donoho, Ron (June 1999). "Lucchino!". San Diego Magazine. Archived from the original on September 10, 2002. Retrieved November 27, 2006.
  2. ^ Basil, Anuj, "From Jadwin to Fenway bluegrass" Archived 2016-10-13 at the Wayback Machine, Daily Princetonian, January 7, 2005. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  3. ^ "1964-65 Princeton Tigers Roster and Stats".
  4. ^ "1965-66 Princeton Tigers Roster and Stats".
  5. ^ "1966-67 Princeton Tigers Roster and Stats".
  6. ^ "1965 NCAA Tournament Summary".
  7. ^ "Lawrence Lucchino Profile | Ashburn, VA Lawyer | Martindale.com".
  8. ^ a b c d "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2012-05-18.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "PAW April 7, 2004: Features". princeton.edu.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Front Office Directory: Larry Lucchino". MLB.com. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Shaughnessy, Dan, "Red Sox CEO Lucchino to leave at season’s end", The Boston Globe, August 02, 2015. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  12. ^ Posner, Jay (May 13, 2022). "Ted Leitner, Larry Lucchino to join Padres Hall of Fame". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
  13. ^ Hohler, Bob, "Epstein was an old pro", boston.com/NESN, October 29, 2004.
  14. ^ Gopisetty, Smita, "For Epstein ’95, a dream fulfilled at 28", Yale Daily News, December 11, 2002.
  15. ^ a b McGair, Brendan, "PawSox owner Larry Lucchino reflects on the career of Red Sox slugger David Ortiz", pawtuckettimes.com, October 9, 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  16. ^ "Front Office". Boston Red Sox. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  17. ^ Chesto, Jon (August 17, 2018). "It's Official: PawSox to Move to Worcester". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  18. ^ Kotsopoulos, Nick (September 12, 2018). "Worcester Council Approves Baseball Stadium Deal, 9–1". Worcester Telegram and Gazette. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  19. ^ "Worcester Red Sox front office". MiLB.com. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  20. ^ "Special Olympics: Special Olympics A to Z". specialolympics.org.
  21. ^ Commencement 2008, Boston University. "One of [350] best commenement speeches, ever", NPR, July 2, 2015; with link to text. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  22. ^ "Red Sox Hall of Fame". MLB.com. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  23. ^ "Meet the Chairman of the Jimmy Fund: Larry Lucchino". jimmyfund.org. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  24. ^ "Larry Lucchino" Archived 2013-08-21 at the Wayback Machine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2013-11-01.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  26. ^ "Larry Lucchino undergoes surgery to remove cancerous blockage in kidney area". The Boston Globe. December 18, 2019. Retrieved December 20, 2019 – via Boston.com.
  27. ^ SHAUGHNESSY, DAN. "Why we love Larry Lucchino". bostonglobe.com. Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  28. ^ "Larry Lucchino, President/CEO of the Boston Red Sox, Delivers Commencement Address at 93rd Annual Bentley University Commencement on May 19, 2012". Bentley.edu. Bentley University. Retrieved 15 December 2020.

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