Joan Payson

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Joan Whitney Payson

Biographical Information[edit]

Joan Whitney Payson was the original owner of the expansion New York Mets until her death in 1975. Her family sold the club to a group headed by Nelson Doubleday in 1980.

Payson was born into a wealthy family. She attended Barnard College and married Charles Shipman Payson in 1924. She and her brother owned Greentree Stables, and they backed movies and Broadway plays, including A Streetcar Named Desire and Gone With the Wind.

Payson bought into the New York Giants as a minority stockholder. When she couldn't convince Horace Stoneham not to move the club, she tried to buy controlling interest.

It is said that Payson hand-selected the name Mets for the new National League entry in New York City in 1961.

Further Reading[edit]

  • William A. Cook: Lady Moguls: A History of Women Who Have Owned Major League Baseball Teams, Sunbury Press, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2015. ISBN 978-1-6200-6636-2

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