Former Red Sox GM Lou Gorman dies 82

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BOSTON (AP) - Former Boston Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman has died at 82.

Nephew Tom Dougherty says Gorman died early Friday and was surrounded by family at Massachusetts General Hospital after an illness of almost a year.

Dougherty says that all his uncle wanted was to “make it to opening day.” The Red Sox open against the Texas Rangers on Friday afternoon.

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

It wasn’t until 2004 before the Red Sox finally won it all, ending what had become an 86-year title drought.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

BOSTON (AP) _ 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. It wasn’t until 2004 before the Red Sox finally won it all and ended what had become an 86-year title drought.

(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. Corrects to show Gorman died at hospital. Will be updated)

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