William Shea

Will Alfred " Bill" Shea ( born June 21, 1907 in New York, USA, † October 21, 1991 ) was an American lawyer who became known for his work on the return of National League baseball to New York after the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants had left the city in the direction of California. According to him, the baseball stadium of the New York Mets, the named Shea Stadium in Queens.


Shea graduated from Georgetown University and Harvard Law. He was also part owner of the NFL teams Boston Yanks. In 1957 he was asked by New York City Mayor Robert Wagner to be chairman of a committee that the task of the National League had to get back to New York. Shea tried first, an existing franchise to New York to pick up, but the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates rejected all of the offer. Shea tried to let the leagues top up to make room for a new team, but this was also rejected.

Interaction in baseball

In 1959, Shea announced along with Branch Rickey to a third major league, the Continental League to start, which was to start the game operation in 1961.

Through this initiative Shea was the established leagues, the American League and National League to move an extension of the leagues right when no new league would be established. So in 1961 the American League to the Los Angeles Angels and the Washington Senators (now the Minnesota Twins ) and 1962, the National League for the New York Mets and the Houston Colt .45 s (now the Houston Astros ) expanded. After this concession, which brought a National League team to New York, Shea rejected the establishment of the Continental League.

The New York Mets denied their first game in 1962. In 1964, she denied her first match in the new stadium in Flushing, Queens, which was named after the patriarch of the Mets Shea Stadium.