CP NewsAlert: Former Expos and Mets great Rusty Staub dead at 73
30 March, 2018, 00:41 | Author: Elena Meyer
The team said in a statement he died Thursday after an illness in a hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida, hours before the start of the baseball season.
He made three straight All-Star teams with Montreal and hit a career-high 30 home runs for the last-place Expos in 1970.
"I took about 25 French classes after the first season, and the next year I took longer classes", he added. Staub retired following the 1985 season with a career slash line of.279/.362/.431, 292 home runs, 499 doubles and 1,466 RBIs.
Staub was traded to the Mets in 1972 and one year later helped lead them to a surprising National League pennant.
Having played for both the Tom Seaver-Bud Harrelson Era Mets and the Dwight Gooden-Keith Hernandez Era Mets, he was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame in 1986. "I couldn't say something encouraging".
Staub, also nicknamed "Le Grand Orange" during his time playing for the Montreal Expos, played 23 Major League Baseball seasons, also with the Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers.
The Mets open their season on Thursday at Citi Field. "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 objective of this organization", said Staub, whose uncle Marvin Morton was a New Orleans motorcycle cop killed in the line of duty. Along with being honored by the Mets, he was enshrined in the Texas and Canadian Baseball Halls of Fame. 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.
Born Daniel Joseph Staub, the Montreal baseball icon would have turned 74 on Sunday.
Staub debuted with the Houston Colt 45s, who became the Astros in 1965, as a $110,000 bonus baby.
After six successful seasons, Rusty Staub moved on to the Montreal Expos then the Mets, where he starred in the 1973 World Series.
Staub was traded to Detroit in 1976 for Mickey Lolich. One of the best contact hitters of his time, Staub struck out just 888 times in 9,720 at-bats and drew 1,255 walks. In addition, he is the only major leaguer in history to achieve 500 hits with four different teams, and, along with Ty Cobb, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield, one of only four players in history to hit home runs in the majors before turning 20 years old after turning 40.
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