Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Former Mets, Expos Star Rusty Staub Dies At 73

Former Mets, Expos Star Rusty Staub Dies At 73

The New York Mets confirmed Staub's death in a tweet Thursday morning.

Born Daniel Joseph Staub, the Montreal baseball icon would have turned 74 on Sunday.

Staub began his major league career the next season and would play 23 seasons for the Houston Astros, Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers. He went in as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of the first game of a double-header against the Pirates and was given a five-minute standing ovation - before he popped up. That night, he told, "I was tap dancing in front of St. Peter".

Then known as the Colt.45s, Houston signed Staub in 1961 and the expansion team assigned him to the Carolina League, where he was an All-Star. "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".

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was Staub's teammate with the Mets in the 1980s, calling him one of the top pinch hitters of the day.

The beloved Staub was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 1986.

Rusty Staub pinch hitting for the Mets watches
Former Detroit Tigers All-Star hitter Rusty Staub dies at 73

"He was always good to me", said Gibbons. A man of extraordinarily high baseball intelligence, he was among the first Astros players to truly appreciate and take advantage of the cavernous confines of the Astrodome, and adjusted his approach to hit to the gaps as opposed to swinging for the fences, despite his considerable power.

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

The Expos, who were relocated to Washington after the 2004 season, retired his No. 10 jersey in 1993.

Staub spent his 23-year career with five teams, and from his 1963 debut through his last season in 1985, he hit.279/.362/.431 with 2,716 hits, 499 doubles, and 292 home runs. All told, he's the only man in Major League Baseball history to notch at least 500 hits with four different teams.

He had 508 hits in only 480 games for Montreal, where his.402 on-base percentage is a franchise record.

Staub had suffered from numerous health issues in recent years. He had been in failing health for the last few years, most notably when he suffered a heart attack in 2015 on a trans-Atlantic flight from Ireland to NY. He had reportedly been diagnosed with cellulitis in January and complications led to kidney failure. He started a foundation, which in turn started the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund, which helps the families of New York area police and fire fighters killed in the line of duty.

Six suspicious packages sent to military, intelligence sites, officials say
Few details were released on the package found at Fort Belvoir, but a base spokesman said that it had been rendered safe. According to WRC-TV in DC, a third package is under investigation at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

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