William Shea

William Shea

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 2 Oct 1991 (aged 84)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 14625546 · View Source
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Lawyer. He is best known for his role in the expansion of Major League Baseball and the existance of the New York Mets franchise. In 1957 New York Mayor Robert Wagner asked him to head a committee to return the National League back to the city. After several attempts to lure an established franchise failed, he proposed to Major League Baseball executives the idea of expanding the league which would include a team in New York City and other major markets. When the idea was rejected, Shea and Branch Rickey (who was also in favor of expansion) decided to form a new league (the Continental League) that would begin to play in 1961. This threat forced MLB to reverse their earlier decision and allow expansion, leading to the creation of the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Senators in the American League, and the Houston Colt .45s and New York Mets in the National League. The Mets played their first game in 1962. Their home field, Shea Stadium (completed in 1964), is named in William Shea's honor.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 16 Jun 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 14625546
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Shea (21 Jun 1907–2 Oct 1991), Find a Grave Memorial no. 14625546, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.