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January 19, 2024

Former MLB commissioner makes donation to Yale to endow baseball coach position

CONTRIBUTED | WIKIMEDIA COMMONS The Law School at Yale is housed in the Sterling Law Building, erected in 1931.

Yale’s head baseball coach is now an endowed position, following a donation from former Major League Baseball Commissioner Francis T. "Fay" Vincent Jr.

Vincent Jr. made the donation to honor his late father, Fay Vincent, a Torrington native who captained the baseball and football teams at Yale. 

Vincent Jr. graduated from Yale with a law degree in 1963 and went on to become an executive in several industries and, perhaps most relevant, was commissioner of the MLB.

His father, though, was a Yale athletics legend. He still holds the university’s baseball record for triples in a single season. In football, Fay Vincent was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl during his senior year.

After graduating from the university, Fay Vincent continued to play amateur baseball and eventually became both a baseball umpire and National Football League referee.

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