Growing up in Great Neck, Long Island, Richard Murad loved the Mets. He can still reel off the names of the players from the team’s late-Sixties roster, including his favorite, Bud Harrelson. Once a year for his birthday, Murad’s parents would take a break from running Buckingham Chemists on New York’s 57th Street and Sixth Avenue to bring their son to a game. It was a rare family outing. “I was unable to spend any time with my father,” says Murad. “He got to work before I woke up and came home after dinner. I never saw him, ever.”
Murad, who is the general manager of Murad Inc. and nephew of company founder Howard Murad, has made sure his 11-year-old son Jack won’t be able to tell a similar story. The exec has season tickets to the Dodgers and, last year, he shelled out $150,000 to buy Beach City Baseball Academy in El Segundo, Calif., which has eight batting cages, organizes baseball camps and operates 16 club teams called The Prospects for ages 9 to 16. Murad seized the opportunity to take over the 12,500-square-foot facility to spend quality time with his son, who was on The Prospects. “It was a great chance to be with my son,” says Murad.
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