BOSTON -- Former Boston Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman died Friday morning. He was 82 years old.
The Red Sox released a statement Friday afternoon, saying Gorman died from congestive heart failure. He also had battled a variety of health issues during the past year.
Gorman directed the day-to-day operations of the Red Sox from 1984-93. The team reached the World Series in 1986 and also won AL East titles in 1988 and 1990.
"Lou Gorman was a legendary figure in the game of baseball," said Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry in a statement. "Over the course of a career that spanned five decades, Lou helped to build winning teams across the sport, including the 1986 American League champion Red Sox. Lou also served his country with honor and distinction, spending more than eight years of active service in the United States Navy. Above all else, Lou Gorman was a profoundly decent man who always had a kind word and an optimist's perspective. His warm spirit and fundamental goodness will be greatly missed."
Despite his success, Gorman might best be remembered as the man who pulled the trigger on the August 1990 trade that sent prospect Jeff Bagwell to Houston for reliever Larry Andersen.
Gorman, a native of Rhode Island, also worked in the organizations of the New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners.