GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Greenwich’s Francis Thomas "Fay" Vincent Jr.!
Vincent, who has owned a home in Greenwich, turns 78 on Sunday. The former entertainment lawyer and sports executive was born May 29, 1938, in Waterbury.
Vincent went on to become a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Caplin & Drysdale. He also served as associate director of the division of corporation finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Later, he became the chairman of Columbia Pictures in 1978, and vice chairman of Coca-Cola starting in March 1982. In April 1986, he was promoted to executive vice president in charge of the company's entertainment activities.
He served as the eighth commissioner of Major League Baseball from Sept. 13, 1989, to Sept. 7, 1992, and presided over the 1989 World Series.
In June 1991, Vincent declared that the leagues were required to share expansion revenue or provide players for another league's expansion draft.
Vincent had plans to realign the National League. Though his vision never came into fruition, Major League Baseball did realign in 1994, in the form of three divisions in each league and the addition of an expanded playoff format.
After stepping down from the commissioner's office, he became a private investor and president of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, serving as its president from 1998 to 2003.
On May 18, 2008, Fairfield University conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Vincent. He served on the university's Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2002, and created the need-based Alice Lynch Vincent Scholarship Fund there in memory of his mother in December 1996.
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