An article in Vermont’s Argus Times covers a talk Vincent ’60 (corrected) recently gave in Bennington about his books.

Former commissioner recalls baseball’s history in new book

…Bald with thick glasses and sitting in a wheelchair [he fell off the top of his dorm onto Frosh Quad his first year, and nearly died], the man who once headed Paramount Pictures, navigated Coca-Cola through the New Coke fiasco and was a partner in a high-powered Washington, D.C., law firm, told a crowd of about 100 recently, ‘ll bet there won’t be a single question about my favorite movie. I was in baseball only three years yet every question will be about that.’

“Vincent became baseball commissioner in September 1989 following the sudden death of his dear friend Bartlett A. Giamotti, whom he served as deputy commissioner. The next three years might be someone else’s version of hell. But Vincent, who maintains a home in Williamstown, Mass., remains enamored with America’s national pastime…

“One might think that Vincent, who had been a high-powered corporate lawyer and served as president and CEO of Paramount Pictures and vice president of the Coca-Cola Company, might have had enough of baseball after being forced to resign as commissioner in September 1992.

“But Vincent’s love for the game was not diminished by what some might have taken as a raw deal. He served as the president of the New England College Baseball League from 1998-2003 and authored three books centered on baseball.

 “The Last Commissioner: A Baseball Valentine, published in 2001, is a baseball autobiography. Vincent followed with The Only Game In Town, which told the story of baseball in the 1930s and ’40s through the words of 10 former players.

“In April of this year, Vincent released a companion book, We Would Have Played For Free, in which 11 ball players from the 1950s and ’60s talk about their era in the game of baseball.

“It was in this context that Vincent came to the Bennington Center for the Arts to speak.

“‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame: A Summer Of Baseball In Bennington’ includes an exhibit of baseball memorabilia, both local and national, showing at the Bennington Museum, along with a display of baseball art by Michael Schacht called ‘Heroes and Legends.’ The latter christens the new wing at Bennington Fine Arts Center [Also, if you are a baseball fan, Pittsfield has been celebrating baseball milestones in the region, including the first collegiate game – Williams vs. Amherst]…

[Lots of baseball stories, concluding with these thoughts]

 

 
  

  •  On steroids: ‘It’s a cultural problem; a huge problem in this country involving all of us. How can we tell kids not to take them when the economic reward is so great?’
  •  On Pete Rose and the Hall of Fame: ‘Pete Rose will never be admitted into the Hall of Fame. Gambling is like the third rail in baseball, you can’t touch it.’
  •  On Marvin Miller, the former head of the Major League Players Union, not being selected into the Hall of Fame: His book’s dedication said it all: ‘To the estimable Marvin Miller — whose contributions to baseball continue to be ignored by those blinded by their own ignorance. With respect, regret and apologies.’
  •  On former commissioner Bowie Kuhn being selected to the Hall of Fame: ‘The guy who got all the changes done (Miller) is not in the hall, while the guy who opposed everything (Kuhn) is in.’
  •  On designated hitters: ‘Both leagues should go to the National League rules; that’s baseball at its best….'”
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