Friday, September 12, 2008
The Great Fenway Park Writers Series Proudly Presents:
Lou Gorman – The Legendary Former Red Sox General Manager
Author of and Speaking on: "High and Inside: My Life in the Front Office of Baseball"
The Honorable Michael Dukakis will introduce Mr. Gorman, and Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe will join in with Mr. Gorman a Q & A on how baseball’s front offices have changed over the past 40 years
Absolut Clubhouse at Fenway Park (enter off Brookline Avenue)
Red Sox Nation & BoSox Members, $50
To register for this event please click here.
Lou Gorman – Biographical Brief
James G. "Lou" Gorman is a former general manager of the Boston Red Sox. He served in this position from 1984 to 1993. After that, he became an executive consultant for public affairs with an emphasis on community projects. He also is the coordinator of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, to which he was inducted in 2002. He was inducted in the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.
A native of South Providence, Rhode Island, Gorman grew up a Red Sox fan. At the high school level, he was an excellent athlete, but was cut from the minors. After his professional baseball career stalled, Gorman enrolled in Stonehill College for his bachelor`s degree and Bridgewater State College for his master`s. After college, he joined the United States Navy and served more than eight years in the armed forces, including two tours in Korea.
He started in baseball in 1961 with the San Francisco Giants, and worked in management and player development capacities for the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, and New York Mets. He was the first farm system director in the history of the Royals, and the first-ever general manager of the Mariners when they entered the American League in 1977. He left Seattle to become vice president, player personnel of the Mets in 1980, where Gorman helped lay the foundation for the Mets` 1986 World Series championship - achieved at the expense of his next team, the Red Sox.
In 1984, Gorman was offered a job as Vice President and General Manager for the team he rooted for his entire life, and took it. When he arrived, the team already had players like Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Dwight Evans and Bob Stanley, stars that would form the nucleus of the talented Red Sox teams of the late 1980s. However, it was Gorman`s acquisitions of Dave Henderson and Spike Owen that helped lead the Red Sox to the 1986 World Series.
Though the team made it back to the playoffs in 1988 and 1990, they never got any closer to a championship than in his first year. Though he made several key trades, such as picking up Nick Esasky and Rob Murphy from Cincinnati and getting all-time saves leader Lee Smith.
Lou Gorman is greatly respected and admired throughout Red Sox Nation.
|DAN SHAUGHNESSY is an award-winning columnist for The Boston Globe and one of the nation’s most highly regarded sports writers. Mr. Shaughnessy is the author of several books on baseball, "Reversing the Curse", and the best-selling "Curse of the Bambino," as well as "At Fenway: Dispatches from Red Sox Nation," "Seeing Red: The Red Auerbach Story," and, with Stan Grossfeld, "Spring Training."
||Michael Dukakis served 12 years as governor of Massachusetts. In 1988 he was the Democratic Party’s nominee for president of the United States. A life-long resident of Brookline, he now teaches at Northeastern University and UCLA. He and his wife, Kitty, have three children and seven grandchildren.