Red Sox mourn passing of Lou Lucier, who had been oldest living Red Sox player

October 20, 2014 - 10:44 am

The Red Sox released the following about the passing of former pitcher Lou Lucier, who played with the team in 1943-44:

The Boston Red Sox mourn the loss of former pitcher Lou Lucier, who passed away on Saturday, October 18.  At 96 years, six months, and 25 days old, Lucier was the oldest surviving Red Sox player.  He had suffered a stroke earlier this month.

A native of Northbridge, MA, he is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.

The right-hander played parts of three seasons in the major leagues.  He came up through the Red Sox'€™ farm system and pitched for Boston from 1943-44, compiling a 3-4 record with a 3.97 ERA in 79.1 innings over 19 games.  In 14 appearances with the Phillies from 1944-45, he went 0-1 with a 2.21 ERA.

Lucier was among the 213 former Red Sox players, managers, and coaches who took part in Fenway Park'€™s 100th Anniversary celebration in April 2012.  He last visited Fenway Park on August 17 for the annual Red Sox Alumni Day gathering.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, October 21 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Jackman Funeral Home in Whitinsville, MA.  The funeral mass will take place on Wednesday, October 22 at St. Patrick'€™s Church beginning at 11:00 a.m.

With Lucier'€™s passing, the oldest living former Red Sox player is now Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, who was born on April 7, 1918.  A nine-time All-Star second baseman, Doerr played his entire 14-year career for the Red Sox from 1937-51 and missed the 1945 campaign due to military service.  Below is a list of the 15 oldest living former Red Sox players.


Date of Birth


Bobby Doerr

April 7, 1918


Neill Sheridan

November 20, 1921


Dave Ferriss

December 5, 1921


Sam Mele

January 21, 1922


Len Okrie

July 16, 1923


Tom Wright

September 22, 1923


Hal Brown

December 11, 1924


Windy McCall

July 18, 1925


Paul Hinrichs

October 11, 1926


Harley Hisner

November 6, 1926


Al Richter

February 7, 1927


Charlie Maxwell

April 28, 1927


Billy Gardner

July 19, 1927


Dave Hillman

September 14, 1927


Herb Plews

June 14, 1928