Mets icon Rusty Staub dead at 73


He died of multiple organ failure at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Palm Beach, Florida. He was revived on the plane, which returned to Ireland, and Staub was briefly hospitalized before returning home.

Unable to throw overhand because of the injury, he still mauled Oakland Athletics pitching in the World Series at a.423 clip, with a home run and six RBIs against a pitching staff that included future Hall-of-Famers Jim "Catfish" Hunter and Rollie Fingers.

Staub played the first six years of his career in Houston before going to Montreal via trade. He made his Major League Baseball debut in 1963 and remained with the Astros through the 1968 season.

He was part of the 1973 "You Gotta Believe" National League champions who were in last place in late July and 12 games below.500 before Manager Yogi Berra rallied the troops to take the National League East with only 82 wins.

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.

It was a public relations home run for the Expos, who drew 1.2 million fans to Jarry Park in their first season, an impressive number at the time.

Rusty Staub, pinch hitting for the New York Mets, watches his sixth inning hit to right field against the Chicago Cubs at Shea Stadium on May 1, 1984. In the NLCS against the Cincinnati Reds, he had three homers and five RBIs.

There are conflicting reports on why the Expos traded Staub to the Mets in 1972 for Ken Singleton, Mike Jorgensen and Tim Foli.

Staub retired from baseball after spending the 1985 season with the Mets and then became a NY institution through his Rusty Staub Foundation, raising millions of dollars for the widows of police, fire fighters and first responders while also feeding thousands of homeless people through his Catholic Charities. He had some of his best statistical seasons with Detroit. Ty Cobb, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield are the others. Unfortunately, the baseball world must give due pause on Thursday morning, as the news of Rusty Staub makes it way around the country.

He worked Mets broadcasts from 1986-95 and owned a pair of Manhattan restaurants.