Lou Gorman

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James G. Gorman

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Biographical Information[edit]

Lou Gorman was the assistant farm director for the Baltimore Orioles in 1964-1965 and farm director in 1966-1967. He moved to the expansion Kansas City Royals as farm director in 1969 and director of player development from 1970 to 1976.

Gorman was General Manager of the expansion Seattle Mariners from 1977 to 1980 and assistant GM of the New York Mets from 1981 to 1984. He was GM of the Boston Red Sox from 1984 to 1993. He was architect of the team that came within one strike of winning the 1986 World Series; he orchestrated trades that brought in key performers Bill Buckner, Calvin Schiraldi, Dave Henderson and Spike Owen in the two years that preceded the World Series appearance. He was replaced by Dan Duquette but continued as assistant GM from 1994 to 1996.

He then served as a vice president of the Baseball Assistance Team and as an executive consultant with the Red Sox, with a focus on community affairs. He was named to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002 and was the institution's coordinator. He passed away on April 1, 2011 after a year-long illness.

Gorman had briefly played for the Providence Grays of the New England League in 1948, hitting .036 in 16 games. He then returned to school to complete bachelor's and master's degrees, then served eight years in the US Navy at the time of the Korean War. He remained a member of the US Navy reserve for 26 years after that, while working in baseball. His first job on his return to the game was as a general manager in the minor league system of the San Francisco Giants, beginning in 1961.

Preceded by
Seattle Mariners General Manager
Succeeded by
Dan O'Brien, Sr.
Preceded by
Haywood Sullivan
Boston Red Sox General Manager
Succeeded by
Dan Duquette

Record as a General Manager[edit]

Draft Picks[edit]

Expansion Draft

1st Round - Mariners

Other Notable Selections - Mariners

1st Round - Red Sox

Other Notable Selections - Red Sox

Significant Trades[edit]


Red Sox

Significant Signings[edit]


Red Sox

Further Reading[edit]

  • Lou Gorman: High and Inside: My Life in the Front Offices of Baseball, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7864-3163-2
  • Dan Levitt: "Lou Gorman", in Bill Nowlin and Leslie Heaphy, ed.: The 1986 Boston Red Sox: There Was More Than Game 6, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2016. pp. 250-257. ISBN 978-1-943816-19-4

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