As President/CEO of the Boston Red Sox, Larry Lucchino is a veteran of 35 years in Major League Baseball. A member of two Ivy League championship basketball teams, Lucchino graduated with honors from Princeton University and is a graduate of the Yale Law School.
In 1974, he joined the Washington D.C. law firm, Williams & Connolly, and later became a partner in 1978, specializing in sports law and litigation. Lucchino’s role was general counsel to the Washington Redskins and a member of the Redskins Board of Directors from 1979-1985. He also became the vice president/general counsel of the Baltimore Orioles in 1979, and through his work was named President/CEO of the Orioles in 1988.
Lucchino was with Orioles until 1993, became the President/CEO of the San Diego Padres from 1995-2001, and joined the Red Sox in 2002. In his 25 full seasons as President/CEO, his clubs have a winning record, have reached post-season play nine times, have won four pennants, and three World Series.
Lucchino has earned a legacy for creating ballparks that have transformed the ballparks’ role in fan experience, influence on franchise value, and place in the community. His vision for the design of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, his leadership in bringing Petco Park to San Diego, and his efforts overseeing a 10 year-long project to preserve and protect Fenway Park have created a revolutionary ambiance responsible in part for the game’s resurgence since 1992.
During his tenure with all three franchises, Lucchino established major charitable foundations, which allowed each franchise to re-invigorate its philanthropy and community relations efforts to ensure that all fans feel welcome.
Currently, Lucchino is a board member of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and is also on the board of Special Olympics International. An avid sportsman, Lucchino is the only known man who has the unique distinction of earning World Series rings (Orioles, ’93; Red Sox, ’04, ’07, ’13), a Super Bowl Ring (Redskins, ’83), and a Final Four watch (Princeton, ’65).
Lucchino was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.