Induct Joan Payson in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Induct Joan Payson in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Joan Whitney Payson, the original owner of the New York Mets, has been overlooked for too long. She was a founding member of the franchise and was a rare woman owner who did not get control of a professional sports team by inheritance. She was dignified and classy and was the matriarch who helped the loveable losers in 1962 become World Champions in 1969. 

A lover of baseball, Joan Payson was a minority shareholder for the New York Giants, who vehemently opposed the team's move to San Francisco. She sold her shares and began the process of bringing a National League team back to New York. She assembled a group of investors that included George H. Walker Jr, the Uncle of George Bush. These investors would become the original owners of the New York Mets, one of the first expansion teams in the National League.

When the Mets first took the field in 1962, Joan Payson was the team's primary owner, becoming the first woman in professional sports to own a franchise without inheriting it. Joan Whitney Payson was greatly admired among her peers and served as the President of the New York Mets until she died in 1975.

In 2006, Effa Manley became the first woman in the Baseball Hall of Fame. She was a trailblazing owner for the Newark Bears. Joan Whitney Payson deserves to stand alongside her. It is time to put Joan Payson in the baseball Hall of Fame. Her induction would be a great statement in terms of equality and show that baseball is a sport for everyone. 

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