Mets slugger Rusty Staub dead at 73

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Staub died of multiple organ failure at 12:30 a.m. Thursday at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. He also had a near fatal heart attack in 2015. He was nearly as well known for his philanthropic work as he was for his career as a baseball player, which spanned 23 seasons. "There's not a question that my making that effort is part of the reason that whatever Le Grand Orange represented to Montreal and all those fans, they knew I cared and I tried".

He particularly endeared himself in Canada, where he played for the expansion team the Expos; he was an All-Star in all three of his full seasons in Montreal, from 1969-1971.

Staub registered 500 hits as a member of the Mets, Astros, Expos and Tigers - the only player in major league history to accomplish that feat with four different teams. In his 23 seasons, he amassed 2,716 hits and 292 home runs while being named to six All-Star teams.

Traded from the Expos to the Texas Rangers on March 31, 1980.

In 1975, Staub became the first Met ever to amass 100 RBIs in a season (105).


He was one of only three players to hit home runs in the big leagues before turning 20 and after turning 40 (Ty Cobb and Gary Sheffield were the others). He also served as a team broadcaster. He owns a major league record-tying 25 pinch-hit RBI in 2,951 games during 23 seasons.

After he retired, he was active in charitable work, starting the the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund. The charity has raised tens of millions of dollars and provided additional support to families of first responders killed in the line of duty. He made his major league debut with the Houston Colt.45s in 1963, eight days after his 19th birthday, and led the NL with 44 doubles in 1967 for the renamed Astros, earning his first All-Star selection.

Rusty Staub, the beloved, redheaded right fielder who helped the Mets win the National League pennant in 1973, has died, the team confirmed.

Staub had a.362 career on-base percentage. On January 8, Staub announced that, in conjunction with Catholic Charities, his foundation had also served 9,043,741 meals to the hungry at food pantries throughout NY over last 10 years, with funds though his annual wine auction dinner and foundation golf tournament. He was on the Hall of Fame ballot for seven years, though he never got as much as 8% of the vote.

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