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Charles Shipman Payson
American baseball player

Charles Shipman Payson

Charles Shipman Payson
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Intro American baseball player
Was Athlete Baseball player
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 16 October 1898
Death 5 May 1985 (aged 86 years)
Children: Lorinda de Roulet
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Charles Shipman Payson (October 16, 1898 – May 5, 1985, aged 86) was the owner of the New York Mets of the National League from 1975 through 1980. In 1975, he inherited the club upon the death of his wife, Mets founder Joan Whitney.

Early life

Payson was born on October 16, 1898 in Maine. He was the son of Herbert Payson and Sally Carroll Brown, grandson of Gen. John Marshall Brown, and a descendant of Edward Payson, who settled in Massachusetts in 1635. His sister was Anne Payson, who was married to Benjamin D. Holt, son of Benjamin Holt, was murdered by burglars in her home in Maine in 1976.

He was a graduate of the Salisbury School in Connecticut, Yale University and Harvard Law and became a prominent lawyer and businessman in New York City.


Payson inherited the Mets after the death of his first wife in 1975. Payson did not share his wife's enthusiasm for the Mets. He delegated his authority to his three daughters, with their youngest, Lorinda de Roulet, becoming team president. His daughters in turn left the baseball side to board chairman M. Donald Grant. But when it became apparent that Grant had mismanaged the team, it was Payson himself who forced Grant out.

In 1980, he sold the franchise to Doubleday & Co.

Personal life

In 1924, he married Joan Whitney (1903–1975), the daughter of Payne Whitney and Helen Julia Hay. Her brother was John Hay Whitney. She inherited a trust fund from her grandfather, William C. Whitney and on her father's death in 1927, she received a large part of the family fortune. The couple lived in a 1928 home designed by William Delano, on a 110 acres in Manhasset, New York, given to them by her parents as a wedding gift. Together, they had:

  • Daniel Carroll Payson (1925–1945), was killed during the Battle of the Bulge.
  • Sandra Helen Payson (1926–2004), who was married to William Meyer. They divorced and she later married Baron George Weidenfeld (1919–2016).
  • Payne Whitney Payson (b. 1927), who married Henry Bentivoglio Middleton, a direct descendant of Arthur Middleton, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Lorinda Payson (b. 1931), who married Vincent de Roulet (1925–1975)
  • John Whitney Payson (b. 1940), who is married to Joanne D'Elia.

In 1977, he married Virginia Kraft, a writer for Sports Illustrated. She was the daughter of George John Kraft and was a graduate of Barnard College. They remained married until his death.


With his first wife, he funded the building of Pepperdine University's library. In 1977, he donated 17 paintings by Winslow Homer, worth $6.4 million, to the Portland Museum of Art.

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