Mets legend Rusty Staub dies at 73
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Mar 31, 2018,
Mar 31, 2018, 8:41
"The Mets family suffered another loss earlier today when Daniel "Rusty" Staub passed away in a West Palm Beach Hospital after an illness".
His 2,716 career hits are 64th all-time heading into this season, and he is the only player in major league history to have 500 or more hits with four different teams, including the Colt.45s/Astros, Expos, Mets and Tigers. The orange-haired outfielder became a huge hit with fans in the US and Canada during a career spanning 23 seasons. He finished 284 hits shy of 3,000.
The New York Mets confirmed his death in a tweet this morning. There wasn't a cause he didn't champion.
He owned and operated two popular Manhattan restaurants that bore his name, and authored a children's book titled "Hello, Mr. Met!" "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".
Not only was Staub's No. 10 was retired by the Montreal Expos, but he's a member of the Mets Hall of Fame.
Traded from the Houston Astros to the expansion Montreal Expos on January 22, 1969.
After six successful seasons, Rusty Staub moved on to the Montreal Expos then the Mets, where he starred in the 1973 World Series. In his 23 seasons, he amassed 2,716 hits and 292 home runs while being named to six All-Star teams.
Staub, on the other hand, became an immediate fan favorite in Detroit, being selected that year as the American League's starting right fielder in the All-Star Game. In all, Staub hit.341 with 11 RBIs in his only postseason, a clutch and gritty performance that endeared him to Mets fans forever.
The Expos lost 110 games that year - and Staub would only play in Montreal for three seasons, returning for one partial season a decade later - but he forged his status as a Montreal Expos legend which lasts to this day.
NY traded Staub to Detroit in December 1975 and he made his final All-Star team with the Tigers in 1976. By the age of 21, in his third big league season, he was already getting on base at a healthy clip and, over the next few years, his keen eye and gap power allowed him to develop into one of the better bats in the extraordinarily tough National League of the 1960s. During that season he tied two major-league records with eight consecutive pinch hits and 25 RBIs as a pinch hitter.
His final at-bat came with the Mets in October 1985. He was also inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. He also served as a team broadcaster.
The Mets, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, extended their condolences via Twitter. He also had a near fatal heart attack in 2015.