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Rusty Staub, Mets legend and humanitarian, dies at 73

30 March, 2018, 00:40 | Author: John Swanson
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The New York Daily News reported that Staub became woozy while playing golf near his home in Palm Beach Gardens in late January and was later discovered to be suffering from cellulitis. He's also one of only four players to hit a home run before his 20th birthday and after his 40th.

"I took about 25 French classes after the first season, and the next year I took longer classes", he added. He was a.279 hitter with 2,716 hits, 292 homers and 499 doubles. Those locks earned him the nickname, "Le Grand Orange" while in Montreal.

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Stu Cowan: Expo Rusty Staub, Le Grand Orange, was my first sports hero

Rusty Staub speaks during his induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario, on June 23, 2012.

Daniel Joseph Staub was born April 1, 1944 to Alma Morton Staub and her husband, Ray, a teacher who had been a catcher in the Florida State League.

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"God wasn't ready for me yet", he said at the time.

Staub played the first six years of his career in Houston before going to Montreal via trade. "If it gives them that little surge of energy that is very hard to find in things in life, to bring some joy and happiness to them, that's the goal of this organization", said Staub, whose uncle Marvin Morton was a New Orleans motorcycle cop killed in the line of duty. On January 8, Staub announced that, in conjunction with Catholic Charities, his foundation had also served 9,043,741 meals to the hungry at food pantries throughout NY over last 10 years, with funds though his annual wine auction dinner and foundation golf tournament.

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In 1975, he became the first Mets player to drive in 100 runs in a season, setting a club record with 105 that wasn't broken until 1990.

The highlight of Staub's time with the Mets was the 1973 NLCS as he helped the team defeat Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" to reach the World Series for the second time in franchise history. 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.

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He later joined the Detroit Tigers, then made appearances with the Expos and Texas Rangers before returning to the Mets prior to the 1981 season, where he spent the five final seasons of his career, according to his biography. The six-time All-Star is the only player ever to have 500 hits with four different teams.

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