FAY VINCENT - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED - HFSID 284473
Signed cover commemorating the 1989 "Earthquake World Series"
Commemorative Envelope signed: "Fay Vincent", 6½x3¾. Special cover marking Game 3 of the 1989 World Series, postmarked World Series Station, San Francisco, October 17, 1989, 25-cent US flag stamp affixed. (Game 3 had been delayed 10 days by an earthquake. The Oakland A's swept the Battle of the Bay Series against the San Francisco Giants.) Fay Vincent, formerly chairman of Columbia Broadcasting and Executive Vice President of Coca Cola, became deputy baseball commissioner under his friend A. Bartlett Giamatti, and then commissioner following Giamatti's fatal heart attack in 1989. Vincent's three years as commissioner were full of controversy, to say the least. He was faced with decisions regarding postponement of the "earthquake Series," the lifetime suspension of Pete Rose, and the 1990 player lockout by Major League owners. He suspended Yankees owner George Steinbrenner "for life" (rescinded 1993), banished pitcher Steve Howe for life (overturned in court), was sued by the Chicago Cubs, and publicly accused the baseball owners of "theft" for their collusion against free agents. He resigned after an 18-9 no-confidence vote by the owners in 1992, replaced by Brewers owner Bud Selig, who had led the campaign against him. Since leaving the commissioner's office, Vincent has continued to criticize Major League baseball, especially the team owners, on many occasions. By replacing Vincent with a fellow owner, the baseball moguls signaled that they no longer wanted or needed an independent commissioner, an office first established to restore credibility after the "Black Sox" scandal of 1919. Lightly toned. Otherwise fine condition.
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