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Joan Whitney Payson
Payson was born into a wealthy family. She attended Barnard College and married Charles Shipman Payson in 1924. She and her brother owned Greentree Stables, and they backed movies and Broadway plays, including A Streetcar Named Desire and Gone With the Wind.
It is said that Payson hand selected the name Mets for the new National League entry in New York City in 1961.