Buddy LeRoux, the former owner of the Red Sox who may have done more than anyone to ensure another decade-plus of futility, died yesterday.
Sportswriters now have the tricky task of being respectful to the deceased while recognizing the historical truth that his incompetence as vice president and owner led to any number of travesties in the late 1970s and early 1980s — not least of which was staging an attempted takeover of the club on Tony Conigliaro Night, while the former slugger was in a coma.
Or, with Haywood Sullivan, the mailing of Carlton Fisk’s contract a day late.
Or, before that, attempting to dump Fisk, Fred Lynn and Rick Burleson in a fire sale.
“Buddy was very friendly, very outgoing,” said Lou Gorman, general manager for the Red Sox from 1964 to 1984. “I think his legacy will be there forever in the Red Sox organization.”
Farewell, then, to Buddy LeRoux — whose legacy is being one in a long line of bad Red Sox owners and, as such, another perpetrator of the "curse" of bad management that haunted the Sox for 86 years.