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MLB Commissioner issues statement on the late Rusty Staub

 

Rusty Staub waving to crowd after being presented with NY Mets Hall of Fame plaque 2010 photo By slgckgcderivative work, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the passing of six-time All-Star outfielder Rusty Staub, who was 73:

“Across his accomplished 23-year Major League career, Rusty Staub earned the respect of fans in Houston, Montreal, New York, Detroit and beyond. Known for his power and patience at the plate, Rusty became an All-Star for three different clubs and a fan favorite. He played a memorable role in the early franchise histories of the Astros and the Expos, and he starred for the Mets in the 1973 World Series.

“Rusty was a superb ambassador for our sport and a generous individual known for community efforts, particularly for the New York City Police and Fire Departments. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Rusty’s family and friends, Mets fans and his many other admirers in the United States and Canada.”

 

FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

 

Daniel Joseph “Rusty” Staub (April 1, 1944 – March 29, 2018) was an American professional baseball right fielderdesignated hitter, and first baseman. He played in Major League Baseball for 23 years with five different teams. He was an original member of the Montreal Expos and that team’s first star; though the Expos traded him after only three years, his enduring popularity led them to retire his number in 1993.

Retirement and honors

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Rusty Staub’s number 10 was retired by the Montreal Expos in 1993.

Staub’s career ended at the age of 41 in 1985. He was only 284 hits shy of the 3000 hit milestone. He was the only major league player to have 500 hits with four different teams. He, Ty CobbAlex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield share the distinction of being the only players to hit home runs before turning 20 years old, and after turning 40 years old. Staub was on the Hall of Fame ballot for seven years from 1991 to 1997. He never received more than 7.9%, and he dropped off the ballot after receiving 3.8% in 1997.

Staub was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1986. In 2004, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Niagara UniversityJesuit High School, where Rusty graduated, annually gives the Rusty Staub Award to the leader of the varsity baseball team. In 2006, Staub was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and six years later, in 2012, he was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. On May 26, 2012, the New York Mets featured a Rusty Staub promotional giveaway bobblehead as part of their 50th anniversary celebration.

On April 4, 1986, Staub established the Rusty Staub Foundation to provide educational scholarships for youth and fight hunger.

In 1986, Staub founded the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund, which supports the families of New York City police officers, firefighters, Port Authority police, and emergency medical personnel who were killed in the line of duty. During its first 15 years of existence, the fund raised and distributed $11 million for families of policemen and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Since September 11, 2001, Staub’s organization has received contributions in excess of $112 million, and it has played a vital role in helping many families affected by the attack.

Staub went on to work as a television announcer for Mets’ ballgames from 1986 to 1995.

Staub owned and ran two restaurants in Manhattan. Rusty Staub’s opened in 1977, and Rusty Staub’s on Fifth in 1989. Both have since closed.

After his playing career, Staub also served as a goodwill ambassador for the New York Mets and was a vice president for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, serving as the chairman of the annual Legends for Youth Dinner.

In July 2006, Staub teamed with Mascot Books to publish his first children’s book, Hello, Mr. Met.

 

Death

On March 29, 2018, Staub died at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, due to multiple organ failures. He was initially admitted with pneumonia, dehydration, and an infection, spending a total of eight weeks in the hospital.

 

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