October 17, 1961
Payson Buys a Baseball Franchise
New York is awarded a National League franchise when Mrs. Joan Whitney Payson, and partners M. Donald Grant and G. Herbert Walker, are selected as new owners.
October 4, 1975
Charles Payson assumes control
After Joan Payson passes away (72), her husband Charles Shipman Payson took over control of the club.
December 6, 1975
de Roulet named president
Lorinda de Roulet is named president of the New York Mets, succeeding her mother, Joan Payson.
January 1, 1978
de Roulet named Chairman of the Board
de Roulet was named Chairman of the Board of the Mets. She served until the club was sold in January, 1980.
January 24, 1980
Doubleday & Co. purchases controlling interest of Mets
Ownership of the Mets changed hands for the first time in franchise history when Nelson Doubleday (Doubleday & Co. Inc.) purchased controlling interest in the team along with Fred Wilpon (Sterling Equities Inc.) for $21.1 million.
November 14, 1986
Doubleday, Wilpon buy Mets from Doubleday & Co.
Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon purchase the franchise from Doubleday and Company, Inc.
August 23, 2002
Wilpon, Sterling Equities buy out Doubleday
Fred Wilpon and his Sterling Equities Inc. acquire Nelson Doubleday’s interest in the team.