'Rusty' Staub passes away at 73

Mets icon Rusty Staub dead at 73

Mets icon Rusty Staub dead at 73

As Bill Madden of the New York Daily News noted in his column about Staub, the former New York Met's Rusty Staub foundation has distributed tens of millions of dollars to the families of New York area police and fire fighters killed in the line of duty. A team spokesman said the Mets learned of the death from friends of Staub who were with him at the time.

Staub, who served two tours with the Mets, was 73 when he passed away in West Palm Beach, Fla.

He reportedly died early in the morning Thursday at Good Samaritan Medical Center. He was the only player in major league history to have at least 500 hits with four different teams. "He was nearly as well known for his philanthropic work as he was for his career as a baseball player, which spanned 23 seasons".

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.

He spent the 1980 season with the Rangers before returning to the Mets for the final five years of what was a 23-year Major League Baseball career.

A savvy, reliable slugger with left-handed power and a discerning eye, Staub played from 1963 to 1985 and finished 284 hits shy of 3,000.

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.

For a player who was known primarily for his bat, it's somewhat surprising that he wasn't acquired to be someone's full-time DH earlier than he was, but the Detroit Tigers tapped him for those purposes, acquiring him in exchange for Tigers legend Mickey Lolich after the 1975 season.

Staub was the first Mets player to have more than 100 RBIs in a season, setting a team record that stood for more than a decade. Staub survived a heart attack on a flight from Ireland to NY in October 2015.

At the end of his distinguished career, Staub founded the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund. He remains 13th all-time in games played, 35th all-time in career plate appearances, 44th all-time in times getting on base and 52nd all-time in career walks.

Also previous year, he announced that the Rusty Staub Foundation had donated more than $1 million to its participating charities in 2017.

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