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The New Haven Register sports department is celebrating our 200th birthday by sharing 200 of the most interesting stories relating to sports in Greater New Haven over the past 200 years. Check back daily for historical updates.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Vin Baker, a roller-coaster ride of a life

Vin Baker’s was once a true feel-good story, a kid from a small Division I school who became an NBA lottery pick and four-time all-star.

It devolved into a cautionary tale, where alcoholism sabotaged his career and cost him millions of dollars.

But it’s also a story that’s not done yet. Baker, who knows a thing or two about life’s twists and turns, is now helping kids as an assistant boys’ basketball coach at St. Bernard School in Uncasville. And he runs a charitable organization called the Stand Tall Foundation, which helps kids with their education and personal development.

Few could have predicted the success coming Baker’s way when he was playing at Old Saybrook High back in the late 1980s. Passed over by the bigger D-I programs, he committed to the University of Hartford and shot up four inches to 6 feet 11 in between his senior year of high school and freshman year of college.

Read Dave Borges' complete story.

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