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Nelson Doubleday

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NELSON DOUBLEDAY



Baseball Executive, Publisher




		      __John Tilden Doubleday3
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		 __William Edwards Doubleday3
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		|    |     __Mason Whiting3,4,5
		|    |    |
		|    |__Mary Elizabeth Whiting3
		|         |
		|         |          __JONATHAN EDWARDS5
		|         |         |
		|         |     __Timothy Edwards5
		|         |    |    |
		|         |    |    |     __James Pierpont5,6
		|         |    |    |    |
		|         |    |    |__Sarah Pierpont5
		|         |    |         |
		|         |    |         |     __Samuel Hooker6
		|         |    |         |    |
		|         |    |         |__Mary Hooker5,6
		|         |    |              |
		|         |    |              |     __Thomas Willet7
		|         |    |              |    |
		|         |    |              |__Mary Willet6
		|         |    |                   |
		|         |    |                   |__Mary Brown7
		|         |    |
		|         |__Mary Edwards3,4,5
		|              |
		|              |                    __John Ogden11
		|              |                   |
		|              |               __Jonathan Ogden10
		|              |              |    |
		|              |              |    |__Jane Bond11
		|              |              |
		|              |          __Robert Ogden9
		|              |         |    |
		|              |         |    |__Rebekah (possibly Wood)10
		|              |         |
		|              |     __Robert Ogden5,8
		|              |    |    |
		|              |    |    |     __Jasper Crane9
		|              |    |    |    |
		|              |    |    |__Hannah Crane9
		|              |    |         |
		|              |    |         |__Joanna Swaine9
		|              |    |
		|              |__Rhoda Ogden5
		|                   |
		|                   |               __Matthias Hatfield12
		|                   |              |
		|                   |          __Isaac Hatfield12
		|                   |         |    |
		|                   |         |    |     __Cornelis Melyn12
		|                   |         |    |    |
		|                   |         |    |__Maria Melyn12
		|                   |         |         |
		|                   |         |         |__Janneken Adriaens12
		|                   |         |
		|                   |     __Matthias Hatfield8,12
		|                   |    |    |
		|                   |    |    |__(__)12
		|                   |    |
		|                   |__Phebe Hatfield5,8
		|                        |
		|                        |__Hannah Miller8
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	    __FRANK NELSON DOUBLEDAY2
	   |    |
	   |    |__Ellen Maria Dickinson3
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       __Nelson Doubleday1,13
      |    |
      |    |     __Liverius DeGraff
      |    |    |
      |    |__Neltjie DeGraff2
      |         |
      |         |__Alice Fair
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NELSON DOUBLEDAY13
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      |__Ellen McCarter Violett13


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Biography of NELSON DOUBLEDAY

 
DOUBLEDAY, NELSON
July 20, 1933- Baseball executive; former publisher.

Nelson Doubleday, the scion of one of the major American publishing dynasties, has parlayed an unlikely partnership between the family book company and a major-league baseball franchise into a winning investment. Doubleday is the grandson of F. N. Doubleday, the founder of Doubleday & Company Inc., and the great-great-grandnephew of Abner Doubleday, the apocryphal "inventor" of baseball. Working his way up the executive ladder in the publishing company, he became its president in 1978. Two years later the company bought the then lowly New York Mets, the National League baseball team, and Doubleday became chairman of the Met board as well. Over the next six years, the Mets developed into a championship team, while Doubleday & Company showed signs of foundering. In 1986 Nelson Doubleday carried off a double coup, personally buying the baseball team from Doubleday & Company for a record $100 million in partnership with Fred Wilpon and, in a separate transaction, selling the publishing company to Bertelsmann A.G., the West German communications conglomerate, for a reported $475 million.

Nelson Doubleday is the son of the late Nelson Doubleday Sr., who built the company founded by F. N. (Frank Nelson) Doubleday into a mass-market giant among trade publishers, and the late Ellen McCarter (Violett) Doubleday. His ancestor Abner Doubleday actually existed and may have contributed to the popularization of baseball, but he certainly did not invent the game. Nelson was born on July 20, 1933, in Oyster Bay, Long Island. During Nelson's infancy the aging Rudyard Kipling, one of the Doubleday company's many illustrious authors, dedicated his poem "If" to him. Growing up in Oyster Bay, Nelson and his sister, Neltje (who now has the last name Kings, from her second marriage), lived, in Neltje's words, the "very isolated life" of "two rich kids sitting in a big house with lots of nannies and maids." According to Neltje, Nelson, a "very silent" child, was much more interested in baseball than in books. "He went to day camp and hated it," she remembered, as quoted by Christine Dugas in Business Week (August 4, 1986). "He wasn't much of a participator. But he liked to listen to Dodgers [baseball] games on the radio." Like his father, Nelson was "not a reader," Neltje said. "I think in many ways he mimicked our father, who always said, I don't read books, I sell them.'"

Copyright 1996 by The H. W. Wilson Co.

The complete article can be found on the Current Biography CD-ROM and in the 1987 Current Biography Yearbook.
 


 


Notes and Sources


   1.  Edwards, William H., Timothy and Rhoda Ogden Edwards of Stockbridge,
       Mass., and Their Descendants:  a Genealogy.  Cincinnati:  The Robert
       Clarke Company, 1903.  136.
   2.  Ibid., p. 130.
   3.  Ibid., p. 127-128.
   4.  Ibid., p. 28-29.
   5.  Smith, Elizur Yale, "The Descendants of William Edwards Colonist of
       Connecticut Colony, 1639," The New York Genealogical and Biographical
       Record, 71 (1940):  216-224, 323-333; 72 (1941):  56-61, 124-132,
       213-220, 320-331; 73 (1942):  173-189, 251-254; 90 (1959):  193-197; 91
       (1960):  6-16, 110-118, 153-166, 233-235; 92 (1961):  23-34, 80-88,
       141-152, 221-226; 93 (1962):  13-21, 106-113, 143-148, 221-225; 94
       (1963):  15-26, 75-83, 148-154.
   6.  Willett, Albert James, Jr., The Willett Families of North America,
       Volume I.  Easley:  Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1985.  15.
   7.  Ibid., p. 1-15.
   8.  Wheeler, William Ogden.  The Ogden Family in America.  Philadelphia:
       J.B. Lippincott Company, 1907.  78-84.
   9.  Ibid., p. 58-60.
  10.  Ibid., p. 45-46.
  11.  Ibid., p. 39-40.
  12.  Burton, Paul Gibson, "Cornelis Melyn, Patroon of Staten Island and Some
       of His Descendants," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record,
       68 (1937):  3-17, 132-146, 217-231, 357-365.
  13.  1987 Current Biography Yearbook (see biography)


 

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