Joan Whitney Payson: A Pioneer for the New York Mets

By Leslie Heaphy

This article was published in the 2017 The National Pastime.

In late May 1957, the National League owners voted unanimously to allow both the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants to move out west, leaving a hole in the hearts of New York fans and in the market. A unique result came about when the winning group included Joan Whitney Payson among its shareholders. Mrs. Payson became the first female owner of a major league ball club who did not inherit a team but used her own money to buy the club. . . .

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