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Six-time MLB All-Star Rusty Staub dies at 73

30 March 2018

Staub retired following the 1985 season with a career slash line of.279/.362/.431, 292 home runs, 499 doubles and 1,466 RBIs. But that changed his life and turned him into a true New Yorker. He also had a near fatal heart attack in 2015.

Six years ago, Staub was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys, Ont. He could have taken me easily.

In 1975, he became the first Mets player to drive in 100 runs in a season, setting a club record with 105 that wasn't broken until 1990.

"God wasn't ready for me yet", he said at the time. "I tried to be a part of their community and I always tried to do that wherever I went - I thought it's what you should do".

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"Just tell them I thank them for their love and caring during the time I was there", he said. "So I guess I better hurry up". He was on the Hall of Fame ballot for seven years, though he never got as much as 8% of the vote.

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.

He finally decided on a $100,000 bonus from the new Houston Colt.45s, who were preparing for their inaugural season in 1962.

After baseball, Staub earned a reputation as a humanitarian.

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

Rusty Staub, the beloved, redheaded right fielder who helped the Mets win the National League pennant in 1973, has died, the team confirmed.

He owned and operated two popular Manhattan restaurants that bore his name, and authored a children's book titled "Hello, Mr. Met!" He also served the Mets as a goodwill ambassador. On Rusty Staub Day, July 13, 1986, Mets players came on the field during the ceremony wearing bright red wigs and presented him a plaque with their signatures on it. "He really enjoyed Montreal and I think Montreal enjoyed him too".

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Six-time MLB All-Star Rusty Staub dies at 73