One-of-a-kind New Orleanian, baseball star Rusty Staub dies

30 March, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Former New York Met Rusty Staub gave the keynote address at Project Hospitality Annual Poor People's Dinner. 11/25/13

Staub was an all-star in each of his three seasons with the Expos before being traded to the New York Mets after the 1971 season in exchange for Tim Foli, Mike Jorgensen and Ken Singleton.

Rusty Staub, the beloved New York Mets icon, died on Thursday after battling various health issues over the years, CBS News reported.

Staub played 23 seasons for several teams, including Houston, the Montreal Expos, the Mets, the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers.

He was named to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

According to the New York Daily News, he died of multiple organ failure. He was initially admitted with pneumonia, dehydration and an infection and had spent the last eight weeks in the hospital.

Staub would have turned 74 this Sunday. In the NLCS against the Cincinnati Reds, he had three homers and five RBIs.

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Barely able to make weak, underhand throws during the Series, he still batted.423 with a home run, two doubles and six RBIs as NY lost in seven games.

Staub racked up almost 300 home runs and more than 2,700 hits during his long career. He almost died in 2015 when he suffered a heart attack on a plane.

Staub returned to the Expos for an encore performance in July 1979 after being traded from the Detroit Tigers and was greeted with a standing ovation from a crowd of 59,260 at Olympic Stadium throughout his first at-bat.

In his retirement he also quietly and without fanfare fed millions of needy people via food pantries and other services run through Catholic Charities.

After six successful seasons, Rusty Staub moved on to the Montreal Expos then the Mets, where he starred in the 1973 World Series. The six-time All-Star is the only player ever to have 500 hits with four different teams. 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 entire organization sends its deepest sympathy to his family", the Mets tweeted this morning.

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