On January 24, 1980, Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon buy the New York Mets from the DeRoulet family for $21 million, then a record purchase price for a major league franchise. Doubleday, a relative of Abner Doubleday, will act as chairman of the board, and Wilpon, a high school teammate of Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, will serve as team president.