By Jimmy Golen, AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP/CBS) — Former Boston Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman died at his Weston home early Friday morning. He was 82.

Gorman died peacefully and surrounded by his family after an illness of almost a year, according to his nephew, Tom Dougherty.

Said Dougherty: “All he wanted to do was make it to Opening Day.”

The Red Sox open against the Texas Rangers on Friday afternoon.

Gorman was the Red Sox general manager from 1984-93, building the team that won the 1986 AL championship. That team, led by Roger Clemens, was one strike away from winning the World Series before the New York Mets came back to win Games 6 and 7.

“Lou Gorman was a legendary figure in the game of baseball,” said Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry. “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.”

“Lou Gorman truly was a good man and a friend to all,” Chairman Tom Werner said. “For those who had the good fortune to meet him, Lou will be remembered as much for his disposition and character as his baseball acumen. The Boston Red Sox and the rest of baseball will not be the same without Lou, but we are all better for having known him.”

“Lou Gorman was first and foremost a gentleman: kind, warm, decent, and positive.  He treated everyone with dignity and saw each person he encountered as a potential friend,” said President/CEO Larry Lucchino.  “I will deeply miss sitting and watching Red Sox home games with Lou, learning from his wisdom and character.  They just don’t make them like Lou Gorman.  That is not a cliché; it is a historical fact.”

“Lou Gorman was a giant in our industry,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein. “During half a century in the game, Lou impacted and helped so many people in countless ways. We’ll dearly miss this good, humble man who leaves an unmistakable legacy on the Red Sox and Major League Baseball.”

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