The orange-haired outfielder became a huge hit with fans in the USA and Canada during a career spanning 23 seasons.
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.
The New York Mets confirmed his death in a tweet this morning. At one time he owned two restaurants in Manhattan, Rusty's and Rusty Staub's on Fifth. He tallied 2,716 career hits, 292 home runs and 1,466 RBIs.
Staub's jersey number, 10, was retired by the Expos, who relocated to the USA capital in 2004 and became the Washington Nationals. He played in Houston until joining the Montreal Expos for three seasons from 1969-71.
At 6 foot 2 inches (188 cm) and 200 pounds (91 kilograms) during his playing days, Staub had some of his best years as a member of the Montreal Expos, who later became the Washington Nationals. He hit.423 in the seven-game World Series loss to the Oakland A's. In all, Staub hit.341 with 11 RBIs in his only postseason, a clutch and gritty performance that endeared him to Mets fans forever.
Became the first Met to drive in over 100 runs in a season in 1975 when he finished with 105 RBIs.
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Kidd and Stockton rank second and third in career assists behind only fellow Hall of Famer John Stockton. Then there's his NBA career: Rookie of the Year; 7-time All-Star; 5-time All-NBA.
Made his first All-Star team - his first of five straight - in 1967 for the Colt.45's.
In 1972, after five consecutive all-star seasons, Staub was sent to the Mets in what was considered a blockbuster trade. In 1983, he tied an Major League Baseball record that still stands today when he had 25 pinch-hit RBIs.
His final at-bat came with the Mets in October 1985. After spending nine seasons with NY, he was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in '86 and when he was honored at Shea Stadium, smiling ex-teammates such as Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry wore long, orange wigs for the on-field ceremony. He also served as a team broadcaster. 'On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Rusty's family and friends, Mets fans and his many other admirers in the United States and Canada'. He also battled a number of health issues in recent years, including suffering a heart attack on a flight in 2015.
"It's a little mind-boggling that I'm here, considering what went down", Staub told MLB.com that night.
"I took about 25 French classes after the first season, and the next year I took longer classes", he continued.