Fay Vincent was a brilliant man by any measure. Armed with a penchant for learning and a quick mind, Vincent graduated with honors from Yale Law School. He soon entered the business world and found success at every turn. In the late 80s, he accepted the offer of fellow Yale man and longtime friend B
When Giamatti died unexpectedly in September of 1989, Vincent became baseball’s 8th commissioner. His first 12 months as baseball’s chief was eventful.
The 1989 World Series featuring the neighboring Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants was interrupted by the Loma Prieta earthquake. In the following spring training, team owners locked out the players.
Steinbrenner applied for reinstatement two years later after Vincent left office.
Later Vincent presided over baseball’s expansion with the creation of the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins.
As commissioner Vincent was a baseball traditionalist. An outspoken critic of the DH rule he expressed his view in an interview with Pat O’Brien during CBS’ telecast of Game 4 of the 1991 World Series.
In this letter dated March 16, 1992, Vincent writes, “As a traditionalist, I do not favor the designated hitter rule. However, the commissioner by himself does not have the power to change such a rule.”
His term expired in 1992 and Vincent was replaced on an interim basis by Brewers owner Bud Selig. The Milwaukee man eventually removed the interim tag and presided over the game until 2015.