Rusty Staub, Mets legend, dies at 73

30 March, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Former New York Met Rusty Staub gave the keynote address at Project Hospitality Annual Poor People's Dinner. 11/25/13

He was 73, and would have turned 74 on Sunday.

In 1985 he established The Rusty Staub Foundation which raised millions for families of policemen, firefighters, emergency service, and port authority officers killed in the line of duty.

He is survived by brother Chuck and sisters Sue Tully and Sally Johnson.

The six-time All-Star's career spanned 23 years and also included stints with the Montreal Expos, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers.

I had a Rusty Staub poster on my bedroom wall that I saw every morning when I woke up and again at night when I went to bed, often listening to an Expos game on my transistor radio with Dave Van Horne and Duke Snider calling the action. Eleven days earlier he had almost died from a heart attack during a flight home from Ireland. His trade to Montreal ahead of the 1969 campaign was blocked because Donn Clendenon refused to report to Houston, but commissioner Bowie Kuhn ordered the Expos to send two players and $100,000 to the Astros and the deal was completed.

"He was always good to me", said Gibbons.

Also past year, he announced that the Rusty Staub Foundation had donated more than $1 million to its participating charities in 2017. His red hair, which had already gotten him dubbed "Rusty" would combine with his 6'2 stature to earn another affectionate nickname - 'Le Grand Orange'.


He owned and operated two popular Manhattan restaurants that bore his name, and authored a children's book titled "Hello, Mr. Met!" He earned a place in Mets fans' hearts forever as he helped the club rise from 11 ½ games out on August 5, 1973 to Game 7 of the World Series.

The club named him its Goodwill Ambassador as well as a broadcaster.

Staub played 23 season, including three with the Detroit Tigers between 1976 and 1979 where he was voted the start the 1976 All-Star Game.

When the Expos arrived in Montreal for the 1969 season, I was about to turn 6.

He was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 1986, and, though he was with the franchise just over three seasons, had his number 10 retired by the Montreal Expos before the franchise moved to Washington, DC.

Since 1983, Mark Herrmann has coveredBrookhaven, Southampton and East Hampton on the news side, and high schools, the Islanders, the Mets and golf for Newsday sports.His assignments have includedthe Olympics, March Madness, the Triple Crown, Stanley Cup, Super Bowl and World Series.

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