Joan Payson
Inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame, 1981
Joan Whitney Payson
Born: February 5, 1903
Died: October 4, 1975 at New York, N.Y.

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Vice President 1962 - 1965
  • First Executive Vice President 1966 - 1967
  • President 1968 - 1975

Mother of Lorinda de Roulet

Share your memories of Joan Payson


Jonathan Stern
March 20, 2005
After the Mets won the 1969 pennant, reporters saw Ms. Payson crying in the clubhouse. They approached her and commented to her that she must be really happy. To which she replied, "No. I'm thinking about the 1962 team. All those poor men. People said it was funny. It wasn't funny. It was awful!"

Most reports indicate that Joan Payson was as kind and decent an owner to play for as any in history, even despite her reliance on M. Donald Grant. Certain players from the era maintain that, until the purges, the Mets were like a family back then and Ms. Payson was a big reason why.

R Skogsberg
May 13, 2005
My uncle, Gunnar Nelson, was a butler for the Paysons at their North Shore Long Island home. I remember sitting in the owner's box at the Polo Grounds and exiting over the outfield. The Mets were playing the Giants, Juan Marichal was pitching for S.F.. It was warm. An outdoor thermometer somewhere within view read 100 F. This was before Luxury boxes and other such modern amenities. It was great for an 11 yr. old. All this thanks to the generosity of the Paysons. I remember that they were very nice to us up on Coogans Bluff.

Tug Kingman
December 30, 2006
How about naming some part of the new stadium for Mrs. Payson? She means more to Mets history than Jackie Robinson or any other Dodger. (Except of course for Gil Hodges.)

Alexandra Bullock
September 30, 2008
I think some sort of recognition would have been nice in this final season.

September 28, 2012
The best owner the Mets ever had!

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