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Ex-Mets Owner Doubleday Dies

first_imgNEW YORK — 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 June 17.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.The Mets went on to win Game 7.“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.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.When Doubleday & Co. was sold in 1986, the publisher sold its shares of the team for $80.75 million to Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday, who became 50-50 owners.Wilpon bought out Doubleday in 2002 in an acrimonious split. They fought over the valuation of the team.Wilpon and his family bought Doubleday’s 50 percent after the team was appraised at $391 million.Last spring, Forbes estimated the Mets were worth $858 million, third in baseball behind the New York Yankees ($1.6 billion) and the Boston Red Sox ($870 million).The Mets released a statement saying, “Nelson had a love of baseball and the Mets” and they were saddened to hear the news of his death.Ex-pitcher Ron Darling, also a Mets broadcaster, said: “It’s a big loss for Keith and I. A guy that we looked up to.”(TOM McELROY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Glenn Hoddle recuperating at home from surgery after cardiac arrest

first_imgShare on Pinterest Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger England Football news Tottenham Hotspur Premier League team news and Tottenham v Chelsea buildup – as it happened Read more Glenn Hoddle is recuperating at home after a cardiac arrest last month.A spokesman for the former England manager and Tottenham midfielder said Hoddle, who fell ill on his 61st birthday while working for BT Sport, had received “exemplary care” from St Bartholomew’s hospital.A statement said: “After being taken ill on Saturday 27 October, Glenn received specialist care at St Bartholomew’s hospital in London. To aid his recovery from a cardiac arrest, Glenn underwent surgery. He responded well to treatment and is now at home recuperating from the procedure. “The care Glenn received from St Bartholomew’s was exemplary. His family would like to thank the hospital staff and the many people who have sent supportive messages.“Doctors have outlined that rest is paramount for Glenn now. With that in mind, his family ask politely that their privacy is respected and Glenn is given time to recover fully.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more