NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Nelson Doubleday Jr., the publishing scion who bought the New York Mets and shepherded the team to a 1986 World Series title, has died. He was 81.
His son-in-law, John Havens, said Doubleday died of pneumonia at his home in Locust Valley, New York, on Wednesday.READ MORE: Big Changes At The Top For MTA, New York City Transit Leadership
Doubleday was the grandson of Frank Nelson Doubleday, who founded the publishing company in 1896 and a descendent of Abner Doubleday, the mythical inventor of baseball.
After taking over the company from his father, Doubleday partnered with Fred Wilpon to become a majority owner of the last-place Mets in 1980.
Doubleday hired general manager Frank Cashen, who was the architect of the 1986 team that beat the Boston Red Sox in seven games.
The series is most famously known for Bill Buckner’s critical error at first base. He let Mookie Wilson’s slow grounder go through his legs and the Mets capped a two-out rally in Game 6 with a 6-5 victory in the 10th inning at Shea Stadium.
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“His life is to be celebrated. He was a wonderful man. He had a wonderful life,” former Mets star Keith Hernandez said of Doubleday on the team’s SNY broadcast Wednesday night.
Doubleday & Co. bought the Mets from the family of founding owner Joan Payson for $21.1 million, with the company owning 95 percent of the team and Wilpon owning 5 percent.