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Larry Lucchino, the ladies man

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                          Larry Lucchino, left, with Sox owner John Henry in 2002

Sox CEO Larry Lucchino was quite a player in his younger days. In Kim Eisler's entertaining new book, "Masters of the Game: Inside the World's Most Powerful Law Firm," Lucchino comes across as something of a playboy. The book, about Williams & Connolly, the influential D.C. law firm founded by famed litigator Edward Bennett Williams, includes some dishy details. One of them involves Lucchino, who joined the firm after working with Hillary Clinton during the Senate Watergate impeachment hearings. According to Eisler, Lucchino remained a bachelor - playing the field, if you will - after many of his colleagues had settled down and started families. Among his girlfriends was Maria Shriver, daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and future wife of muscle man-turned-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Eunice Shriver was said to pray every night that Larry and Maria would get married, but (Larry's) attentions only made Arnold Schwarzenegger more determined to have Maria for himself," Eisler writes. "Arnold won the scrum, and he and Larry have avoided each other ever after." (They both attended Eunice's funeral last summer.) In case you're wondering about the timeline, Eisler says Larry and Maria dated for a few years in the late 70s and early 80s, and Maria and Arnold met in '77 and married nine years later. Lucchino married the former Stacey Ballard in 2002. "To be honest, I don't know what shot he had at beating Arnold out," Eisler told us. We tried to talk to Lucchino about the book today, but his peeps at Fenway told us he wasn't interested.

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