Larry Lucchino

Lawrence "Larry" Lucchino (born September 6, 1945) is the former president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, and member of John W. Henry's ownership group.[1]

Larry Lucchino
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Larry Lucchino, left, reacts to a sacrificial Baby Ruth bar, presented by two US Army soldiers in 2005
Born
Lawrence Lucchino

September 6, 1945 (age 73)
EducationPrinceton University
Yale Law School
Awards

Early life

A Pittsburgh native and basketball player,[2] Lucchino graduated from Princeton University in 1967 and later attended Yale Law School, where he was a classmate of Hillary Clinton.[3][4]

Career

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.[3] 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.[5]

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[3] 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.[6] Lucchino also brought Theo Epstein with him to the Red Sox from the Orioles and the Padres,[7] having also encouraged Epstein to get his law degree while he was working at the Padres.[8]

On August 1, 2015, the team announced that Lucchino was stepping down after the 2015 season.[5] He retired on October 5, 2015.

Lucchino continues as chairman and co-owner of the Pawtucket, RI, Pawtucket Red Sox.[6]

Activities

Flickr - Official U.S. Navy Imagery - Vice Chief of Naval Operations speaks with Boston Red Sox President.
BOSTON (July 6, 2012) Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson speaks with Larry Lucchino at Fenway Park.

Lucchino serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics.[9] He was named as the Commencement speaker for Boston University's 2008 graduating class,[10] 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.

Other

Lucchino is the only man known to have World Series rings (Orioles ’83, Red Sox ’04, ’07, '13 and '18),[3] a Super Bowl ring (Redskins ’82) and a Final Four watch (Princeton, ’65).[3]

He is a Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor.[11][12]

References

  1. ^ "Front Office". Boston Red Sox.
  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. ^ a b c d e "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2012-05-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "PAW April 7, 2004: Features". princeton.edu.
  5. ^ a b Shaughnessy, Dan, "Red Sox CEO Lucchino to leave at season’s end", Boston Globe, August 02, 2015. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Hohler, Bob, "Epstein was an old pro", boston.com/NESN, October 29, 2004.
  8. ^ Gopisetty, Smita, "For Epstein ’95, a dream fulfilled at 28", Yale Daily News, December 11, 2002.
  9. ^ "Special Olympics: Special Olympics A to Z". specialolympics.org.
  10. ^ Commencement 2008, Boston University. "One of [350] best commenement speeches, ever", NPR, July 2, 2015; with link to text. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  11. ^ "Larry Lucchino", Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2013-11-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dick Freeman
San Diego Padres President
1995–2001
Succeeded by
Bob Vizas
Craig Shipley

Craig Barry Shipley (born 7 January 1963 in Parramatta, New South Wales) is an Australian-born executive and former player in Major League Baseball. On 16 November 2012, he was appointed special assistant to Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers.As a player, he was an infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1986–87), New York Mets (1989), San Diego Padres (1991–94 and 1996–97), Houston Astros (1995) and Anaheim Angels (1998). He played collegiately at the University of Alabama. Shipley batted and threw right-handed; he stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall, and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg) (12 stone 7).

He helped the Padres win the 1996 National League Western Division championship, appearing in 33 games played — 21 after 31 July — and batting .315 with 29 hits, five doubles, one home run, seven runs batted in and seven stolen bases. In the field, he started at four different defensive positions: second base, third base, shortstop and right field. However, he did not appear in the postseason.

In 11 seasons Shipley played in 582 games and had 1,345 at bats, 155 runs scored, 364 hits, 63 doubles, six triples, 20 home runs, 138 RBI, 33 stolen bases, 47 bases on balls, a .271 batting average, .302 on-base percentage, .371 slugging percentage, 499 total bases, 15 sacrifice hits, nine sacrifice flies and 7 intentional walks.

Shipley's post-playing career began in 2000, when he was a roving minor league baserunning and infield instructor for the Montréal Expos. He then returned to the Padres as a professional scout, working for Towers, in 2001–2002.

In 2003, Shipley followed former Padres executives Larry Lucchino and Theo Epstein to the Boston Red Sox, where he began as special assistant to the general manager, player development and international scouting. He was named a vice president in 2006, and was appointed senior vice president, international scouting, in 2009. In February 2011, Shipley was promoted again, when he was named senior vice president, player personnel and international scouting. However, weeks after Epstein departed the Red Sox for the Chicago Cubs in October 2011, Shipley was dismissed in an overhaul of the Boston front office under the team's new general manager, Ben Cherington.In 2012, Shipley was hired by the Arizona Diamondbacks as an assistant to general manager Kevin Towers. As of 2018, he is still part of the Diamondbacks front office, assisting "the Baseball Operations Department in international and special assignment scouting, evaluating the D-backs' farm system and serving as an advisor to the GM."

Fenway Sports Management

Fenway Sports Management (FSM) is a company headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts established by Fenway Sports Group (FSG) in 2004. It styles itself as a "new kind of sports marketing agency," created by FSG to expand its footprint beyond its most famous holdings, the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball and Fenway Park. Fenway Sports Management specializes in sponsorship sales and brand management consulting, and serves as the global sports sponsorship sales arm of Fenway Sports Group.

During its first year, FSM entered into an exclusive sponsorship sales agreement with MLB Advanced Media and Boston College's major intercollegiate sports.Since its inception, FSM has continued to create sponsorship programs for some of the world’s most prestigious brands and as of 2014 counts the Red Sox, Liverpool F.C., LeBron James, Johnny Manziel, Boston College, Roush Fenway Racing, MLB.com, the PGA Tour's Deutsche Bank Championship, NESN, and the Salem Red Sox among its client base. FSM’s consulting clients include Dunkin’ Donuts, Gulf Oil, JetBlue, & Santander.

In addition, FSM purchased the Salem Avalanche, a minor league baseball franchise in the High Class A Carolina League, in December 2007. On September 19, 2008, FSM announced that the Salem franchise, eventually renamed the Salem Red Sox, would replace the Lancaster JetHawks as Boston's High A affiliate in 2009.

In October 2009, Sam Kennedy was promoted to succeed Mike Dee (who became chief executive officer of the Miami Dolphins in May 2009) as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Red Sox, and president of Fenway Sports Management.In October 2009, FSG announced a new partnership with Fulham of the English Premiership, with shirt sponsorship to start in 2011.In April 2011, FSM became the sole marketer of the global rights of NBA superstar LeBron James, in a management partnership deal with James and his manager Maverick Carter. As part of the deal, James and Carter both became minority stake holders in FSG's Liverpool F.C..In January 2012, FSM negotiated a sponsorship agreement between Liverpool F.C. and Warrior Sports worth £25 million per season as of the 2012/13 season, overtaking the English club record of £23.3 million paid by Nike for supplying Manchester United Football Club and the previous deal from Adidas worth £13 million.

In January 2014, FSM became the marketer of the global rights of 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, in a management partnership deal with LRMR Management.In February 2015, FSM became an investor in the Pawtucket Red Sox of the Triple-A International League, when a new ownership group led by then-Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino (and including two limited partners in Fenway Sports Group) acquired the PawSox from the heirs of late owner Ben Mondor.On August 1, 2015, Lucchino announced his pending retirement as president/CEO of the Boston Red Sox, with Sam Kennedy promoted to president of the baseball club. Kennedy was signed to a new five-year contract as president and CEO of both the Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management on August 2, 2017.

Murray Chass

Murray Chass (born October 12, 1938, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American baseball blogger. He previously wrote for The New York Times and before that the Associated Press on baseball and sports legal and labor relations. In 2003 the Baseball Writers' Association of America honored him with the J. G. Taylor Spink Award where he is honored in Cooperstown, NY in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He took a buyout from the Times, along with Supreme Court writer Linda Greenhouse and dozens of others, in April 2008.

Chass graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in political science where he was a writer and editor for the Pitt News. In 1956 he "audaciously" made an appointment with the editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to pursue his "future of a newspaperman". He joined the Baseball Writers' Association of America in 1962, when he worked for the Associated Press in Pittsburgh. He joined the New York Times in 1969, and started covering the New York Yankees the following year. In 1986, he was made the paper's national baseball writer. Chass was also inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Western Pennsylvania Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Pittsburgh in 2004.

From 1979–1980 he served as chairman of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Chass has authored numerous books on the business, labor and legal relations of sports, baseball in particular, among his works: The Yankees: The Four Fabulous Eras of Baseball's Most Famous Team, which was published by Random House in 1979; Power Football, published by Dutton in 1973, and Pittsburgh Steelers: The Long Climb, published by Prentice Hall in 1973. He has contributed to Great Pro Football Games and Greatest Basketball Games. He also authored several articles in Dutton's Best Sports Stories series.During his nearly 40 years writing for The New York Times, Chass covered the entirety of the George Steinbrenner regime, and he made it through the George and Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson years, ending his daily coverage of the Yankees at the end of the 1986 season. During that period he reported three of his four all-time favorite quotes. The fourth came more recently:

“The two of them deserve each other; one's a born liar, the other's convicted” — Billy Martin on Reggie Jackson and Steinbrenner in 1978.

“There's nothing more limited than a limited partner in the Yankees” — John McMullen, then the Houston Astros owner but once a limited partner of Steinbrenner, in 1979.

“Where is Reggie Jackson? We need a Mr. October or a Mr. September. Winfield is Mr. May.” — George Steinbrenner in September 1985.

“The Evil Empire extends its tentacles even into Latin America” — Larry Lucchino, Red Sox chief executive, in 2002.Chass made some other significant contributions to baseball writing. For one, he created the coverage of contracts. Salaries in sports had been largely guess work before he began reporting contracts of baseball's free agents once free agency began in 1976. For another, he pioneered the intensive coverage of baseball labor negotiations, later covering labor matters in the other three major sports as well.

Chass was one of the early authors of a Sunday baseball notebook and was unique in writing the notebook throughout the year, not just during the baseball season. From August 1984, through March 2008 he wrote 1,155 Sunday notebooks, developing more than 4,000 items ranging in length from one paragraph to more than 1,000 words.

In January 2004 he switched from reporting baseball news to writing baseball columns, writing from two to five columns a week.

Chass is a noted baseball traditionalist who laments the shift in baseball news coverage from daily beat-report biographies to more statistics-driven analysis like sabermetrics. In 2007, Chass asserted that, among "certain topics that should be off-limits," are "statistics mongers promoting VORP and other new-age baseball statistics." Chass particularly believes that in "their attempt to introduce these new-age statistics into the game," these "statistics mongers" threaten "to undermine most fans' enjoyment of baseball and the human factor therein." Baseball Prospectus editor Nate Silver published an open letter responding to Chass' comments.In 2008, Chass started a website, "Murray Chass on Baseball" where he has written nearly 1,000 columns similar to what he has written for The New York Times.

Chass is a voter for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and turned in a blank ballot for the 2017 HOF class.

Sam Kennedy (baseball executive)

Samuel H. Kennedy (born 1973) is an American professional baseball executive who is the president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball.Kennedy has been a member of the baseball club's upper management hierarchy since March 2002. He was named the successor to longtime Red Sox president Larry Lucchino on August 1, 2015, when Lucchino announced his decision to retire from his executive positions with the team at the close of the 2015 Boston Red Sox season. Lucchino's chief executive officer post was initially left vacant, and on August 18, 2015, the Red Sox also named veteran MLB executive Dave Dombrowski to the new position of president, baseball operations. On August 2, 2017, the Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management announced Kennedy's appointment as chief executive officer, and signed him to a new five-year contract as both CEO and president.Prior to August 2015, Kennedy had been the Red Sox' executive vice president and chief operating officer and president of Fenway Sports Management since May 2009.

The Jimmy Fund

The Jimmy Fund is a charity which raises money solely to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana–Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.The Fund was launched in 1948 with the help of the Variety Club of New England (now the Variety Children's Charity of New England). The club organized a radio broadcast from the bedside of a young cancer patient, Einar Gustafson, dubbed "Jimmy" to protect his privacy as he was visited by members of the Boston Braves baseball team. Contributions poured in to buy Jimmy a television set so he could watch the Braves play.

From his first radio broadcast that launched the Jimmy Fund in the late 1940s to his countless appearances at Jimmy Fund events, the Jimmy Fund's original "Jimmy," was an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people throughout New England.

The Jimmy Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community fundraising events since its founding. Eighty-six cents of every dollar given goes directly to cancer research and patient care.

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