The New York Daily News said Staub was initially admitted eight weeks ago with pneumonia, dehydration and an infection. He led the National League with 44 doubles in 1967, when he was selected to the All-Star Game for the first time. A man of extraordinarily high baseball intelligence, he was among the first Astros players to truly appreciate and take advantage of the cavernous confines of the Astrodome, and adjusted his approach to hit to the gaps as opposed to swinging for the fences, despite his considerable power.
In Between, Staub made several appearances on the National League All-Star team.
Following his retirement, Staub further endeared himself to the Mets community by starting the Rusty Staub Foundation and founding the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund. Staub's charities have since raised more than $150 million. He played for at least four seasons for four different teams: the New York Mets, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, and Montreal Expos.
Staub also spent time with the Houston Astros, making his Major League Baseball debut with them when they were still called the Colt 45s.
Mets great Rusty Staub passed away at 73 early Thursday morning, The Post confirmed.
He was obtained by the Mets before the 1972 season and once gain became an instant fan favorite out in right field.
Staub returned to the Expos for an encore performance in July 1979 after being traded from the Detroit Tigers and was greeted with a standing ovation from a crowd of 59,260 at Olympic Stadium throughout his first at-bat.
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Having played for both the Tom Seaver-Bud Harrelson Era Mets and the Dwight Gooden-Keith Hernandez Era Mets, he was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame in 1986.
Staub was a fantastic hitter during his playing days, racking up 2,716 hits and 292 home runs, along with a.279 average.
Staub had a.362 career on-base percentage. He was on the Hall of Fame ballot for seven years, though he never got as much as 8% of the vote. Probably not, but he certainly deserved more love from the BBWAA voters than he received.
Daniel Staub, a New Orleans native, earned his nickname from his bright shock of red hair. His humanitarian record is even more impressive.
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.
In many ways and in two languages, Rusty Staub was a big hit and a big help.