Former Mets owner Nelson Doubleday has died


Sad news from New York:

Nelson Doubleday, the publishing magnate who bought the Mets from the family of their original owner, Joan Whitney Payson, in 1980 for $21.1 million and oversaw their renaissance from a downtrodden last-place team to world champions in 1986, died at his home in Locust Valley, L.I., Wednesday at 81. According to his family, the cause of death was pneumonia.

The Daily News has a full obit, including the fact that Doubleday was a great, great grand nephew of Abner Doubleday. I had no idea about that, though I assume Mets fans of a certain age did.

As far as more recent relevance, whatever you thought of Doubleday as an owner, there has been a lot of pining for his stewardship of the Mets in the past several Wilpon-helmed years.

RIP Mr. Doubleday.