Jack and Irving Rosenthal paid $100,000 to build the Cyclone in 1927. It has been National Landmark since 1991. The Cyclone is one of the last wooden roller coasters in the United States and a symbol of classic Coney Island as America's Playground.
THE RETURN OF BROOKLYN BASEBALL
In the summer of 2001, the Brooklyn Cyclones were born, bringing baseball back to the borough after a 44-year drought. In its three-year history, the team has gone on to win hearts and championships, helping to put Coney Island, and Brooklyn baseball back on the map!
The Cyclones have won three McNamara Division Championships in four years, and were the New York-Penn League Co-Champions in their first season.
28 November 2000, New York Times, "Affiliate Named Brooklyn Cyclones" by Eric Lipton, pg. D7, col. 6:
And the winner is, the Brooklyn Cyclones.
That is the new name of the Mets' minor league team that will make its debut at the Coney Island ballpark next June.
The Mets co-owner Fred Wilpon and his son, Jeff Wilpon, the execu- tive vice president of the Brooklyn Baseball Company, joined Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and other top city officials at the construction site yesterday to announce the new name, which was picked from among 7,000 entries in a contest.
The Cyclones will be the first professional baseball team to play in Brooklyn in 44 years. They are named, of course, after Coney Is- land's signature roller-coaster ride.
30 November 2000, New York Post, pg. 53:
Brooklyn's New Team Is Named Cyclones
By Maggie Haberman
They could have been called the Sweathogs or the Honeymooners.
But instead, the Mets' minor league team that will play at a new stadium in Coney Island were anointed the "Brooklyn Cyclones" yesterday after more than 7,000 people filled out entries for a contest to name New York's newest ballclub.
Mets co-owner Fred Wilpon, lefty reliever John Franco, Mayor Giuliani and City Council Speaker Peter Vallone announced the new name at a ceremony next to the site where the minor-league stadium is being built - within view of the team's namesake, the rickety "Cyclone" roller coaster.