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Larry Lucchino, left, reacts to a sacrificial Baby Ruth bar, presented by two US Army soldiers in 2005
September 6, 1945
|Education||Princeton University |
Yale Law School
After law school, Lucchino practiced law with the Washington, D. C., law firm of Williams & Connolly. The founder, famed litigator Edward Bennett Williams, had ownership interest in both the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Orioles. Lucchino's law practice at Williams & Connolly included a substantial amount of work for those two sports teams. Through that work he ultimately became President/CEO of the Baltimore Orioles and later, the San Diego Padres, before joining the Red Sox in November, 2001.
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 teams built new stadiums, pioneering Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Petco Park. Since then, about one-half of Major League Baseball's 30 teams followed this lead and built new stadiums with the old-style look and feel.
As part of the management team which signed David Ortiz to the Red Sox, Lucchino "always enjoyed a strong connection with Big Papi throughout his entire career" and including at the time of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Lucchino also brought future general manager Theo Epstein with him to the Red Sox from the Orioles and the Padres, having also encouraged Epstein to get his law degree while he was working at the Padres.
On August 1, 2015, the Red Sox announced that Lucchino was stepping down after the 2015 season. He retired on October 5, 2015.
Lucchino serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics. He was named as the Commencement speaker for Boston University's 2008 graduating class, guest speaker at New England School of Law's 2008 graduation ceremony, Bryant University's Class of 2009, and the Anna Maria College Class of 2010.
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