When the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers left for the West Coast in 1958, William Shea worked to bring National League baseball back to the Big Apple. MLB declined his overtures, and Shea openly ruminated about starting his own league. This led to National League expansion in 1962, which included a club that would become the New York Mets. Shea Stadium was later named in Shea’s honor in 1964.
( C ) New York Mets (photo by Heritage Werks)