Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the passing of longtime baseball executive Lou Gorman, who served as general manager of the Seattle Mariners from 1977-1980 and the Boston Red Sox from 1984-1993:
“I had a wonderful friendship with Lou Gorman, a great gentleman, for decades. A Navy man who became a baseball man, Lou guided the front office of the Seattle Mariners from their inception and later helped build the farm system of the New York Mets in the early ’80s. The native New Englander then led the ‘Olde Towne Team,’ highlighted by the 1986 American League pennant for his beloved Red Sox.
“Lou was a perpetual optimist, a wonderful storyteller, and a contributor to many outstanding baseball causes, such as the Red Sox Hall of Fame and the Baseball Assistance Team. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Lou’s family and his many friends and admirers throughout the game of baseball.”