29 Facts About Rusty Staub

1. Rusty Staub was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 9, 1963, with the Houston Colt.

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2. Rusty Staub was born on Saturday, April 1, 1944, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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3. Rusty Staub was 41 years old when his playing career ended, one year shy of the Mets' World Series championship in 1986.

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4. Rusty Staub helped children, the poor, the elderly and then there was his pride and joy, The New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund.

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5. Rusty Staub began his career playing right field with the expansion Houston Colt.

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6. Rusty Staub went on to work as a television announcer for Mets ball games.

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7. Rusty Staub was traded to the Expos before the start of their inaugural season in 1969 as part of a trade for Donn Clendenon and Jesus Alou.

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8. Rusty Staub played for 23 seasons in the majors, including with my New York Mets, where he was a favorite to the entire New York community.

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9. Rusty Staub was only 284 hits shy of the 3000 hit milestone.

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10. Rusty Staub was selected to the Sporting News American League All-Star team at the end of the season as the designated hitter.

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11. Rusty Staub was voted to start the 1976 All-Star Game, where he went 2-for-2.

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12. Rusty Staub is the first player to have won the Expos Player of the Year award.

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13. Rusty Staub was named to the All-Star Game for the fifth straight time, although he did not play.

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14. Rusty Staub was named to the All-Star Game for the fourth straight year, having a pinch hit appearance in the third inning, going 0-for-1.

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15. Rusty Staub had 112 walks and 93 strikeouts, both career highs.

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16. Rusty Staub was named to the All-Star Game for the third straight year, although he did not play.

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17. Rusty Staub walked 110 times while striking out 61 times.

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18. Rusty Staub repeated as an All-Star for the Astros in 1968.

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19. Rusty Staub spent the 1962 season in the Class B Carolina League, and at season's end he was named one of the league's all-stars.

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20. Rusty Staub was an original member of the Montreal Expos and the team's first star; though the Expos traded him after only three years, his enduring popularity led them to retire his number in 1993.

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21. Rusty Staub played in Major League Baseball for 23 years with five teams.

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22. Rusty Staub died on March 29, 2018, three days before his 74th birthday, at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, from multiple organ failure.

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23. In July 2006, Rusty Staub teamed with Mascot Books to publish his first children's book, Hello, Mr Met.

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24. Rusty Staub went on to work as a television announcer for Mets' ballgames from 1986 to 1995.

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25. In 1985, Rusty Staub founded the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund, which supports the families of New York City police officers, firefighters, Port Authority police, and emergency medical personnel who were killed in the line of duty.

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26. Rusty Staub was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1986.

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27. Rusty Staub was on the Hall of Fame ballot for seven years from 1991 to 1997.

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28. In 1978, Rusty Staub became the first player to play in all 162 regular-season games exclusively as a designated hitter.

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29. Rusty Staub signed his first professional contract with the expansion team Houston Colt.

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