BOSTON — Former Boston Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman died at his Weston home early this 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 this 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.

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