Former Expos great Rusty Staub dead at 73

Posted March 31, 2018

Staub, who became a huge hit with baseball fans in two countries during an All-Star career that spanned 23 major league seasons, died Thursday in Florida.

He broke into the majors as a teenager with Houston, lasted into his 40s with the Mets and spent decades doing charity work in the NY area.

Born Daniel Joseph Staub, the Montreal baseball icon would have turned 74 on Sunday.

Staub registered 500 hits as a member of the Mets, Astros, Expos and Tigers - the only player in major league history to accomplish that feat with four different teams.

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's jersey number, 10, was retired by the Expos, who relocated to the United States capital in 2004 and became the Washington Nationals.

Staub worked as an announcer on Mets television broadcasts from 1986-95.

Staub's career line:.279/.362/.431 with 292 homers, 1,466 RBI and an OPS+ of 124 over 23 years.

The Mets, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, extended their condolences via Twitter. In 2015 he suffered a near-fatal heart attack while on a transatlantic flight.

Staub came up with what was then known as the Houston Colt.45s, later the Astros, in 1963, at the age of 19.

Rusty Staub, the beloved, redheaded right fielder who helped the Mets win the National League pennant in 1973, has died, the team confirmed. It has raised over $17 million, establishing food pantries and mobile feeding units in all five boroughs that serve hundreds of thousands of meals annually.

Staub was especially respected, during his baseball career and afterward, for his community involvement and his charitable work.

Following a half-season return to Montreal and a season with the Texas Rangers, Staub returned to the Mets in 1981 and finished out his career as a 1st baseman, pinch-hitter deluxe and de facto coach.

Staub appeared on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot seven times after he retired in 1985, but never garnered more than 7.9 percent of the vote. He dropped off after getting 3.8 percent in 1997. The entire Mets organization sends its deepest sympathy to his brother, Chuck and sisters Sue Tully and Sally Johnson.