Michael A, Tamburro

Inducted: 2016
Born: 1952
Michael A. Tamburro, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on February 13, 1952, the son of Michael and Josephine Tamburro. Mike pursued a double major (Business and Journalism) at U. Mass Amherst with the goal of becoming a baseball statistician. Instead, at 23 years of age, he became the youngest general manager in professional baseball when he was named as general manager of the Single-A Elmira Red Sox in the New York-Penn League in 1975. After being named New York-Penn League Executive of the Year in 1976, Red Sox owner Haywood Sullivan and minor league executive Ed Kenney matched Tamburro with PawSox owner Ben Mondor (HOF ” Class of ’84) in 1977. The two teamed up to begin the incredible turn-around that has seen the Pawtucket Red Sox rise from a previously bankrupt organization to become one of the best and most successful franchises in all of professional baseball.

Mike served as president of the Pawtucket Red Sox from 1985 to 2015 after serving as the team’s general manager from 1977 to 1984. He was also an owner of the ball club and currently serves as its Vice Chairman. Under Tamburro’s leadership the PawSox went from drawing 70,000 fans in 1977 to drawing over 500,000 fans 16 times. In total, over 17 million fans have attended PawSox games since 1977. On the playing field, the PawSox won the International League Championship in 1977, 1984, 2012, and 2014, and McCoy Stadium became known as the ballpark “Where dreams begin!

Tamburro is the only International League member to earn the circuit’s Executive of the Year Award a record five times (1984, 1988, 2001, 2004, and 2008). According to International League President Randy Mobley, the IL Board of Directors voted overwhelmingly in support of Tamburro. “The International League has been recognizing an Executive of the Year since 1964,”said Mobley. “During these past 50 seasons, league directors have selected from within their midst many talented individuals with great character to receive the League’s top award. None has fit this mold more so than Mike Tamburro whose selection is exceptionally noteworthy as he is being recognized for an unprecedented fifth time.” Mike was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame in 2012. He has also been named the Sporting News Minor League Executive of the Year, and the Boston Baseball Writer’s Executive of the Year, in addition to a host of other awards.

Mike has served on the baseball industry’s most prominent committees. In addition to serving on the Minor League Baseball Board of Trustees (the Minor League’s governing body) for 18 years, Mike chaired the board from 2004-2006. He is a founding member of the BIRCO (Baseball Internet Rights Corp) and a Director of the International League.

Tamburro is also a humanitarian. He is involved with a number of local charities and sits on several of their boards. He also helped create the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Foundation that supports numerous non-profit groups throughout Rhode Island. His most prized award came in 2014 when his PawSox received the John Henry Moss Award, a honor given to baseball’s most philanthropic organization.

Mike lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts with his wife Anna. The couple has two daughters, Angela and Gina.

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