NYPost Mets great Rusty Staub passed away at 73 early Thursday morning, The Post confirmed. The Mets asked for prayers earlier this spring, noting that Staub’s health was failing, and that they had been in contact with him. Staub had two stints with the Mets from 1972-75 and 1981-85, his first one starting when he came over in a blockbuster trade with the Expos. The outfielder helped lead the Mets to the 1973 World Series, where despite a separated shoulder, he hit .423 against the Athletics. The beloved Staub was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 1986.
We here at SportSmasher.com woke up totally fired up, because it’s Major League Baseball opening day 2018, baseball is back baby! However, we have some sad news to report, on MLB opening day baseball legend Rusty Staub passed away at the age of 73, making the start of the 2018 season a somber one for New York Mets fans. The Mets organization asked for prayers for Rusty Staub earlier this week, so it was clear his health had deteriorated, and for a legendary baseball player in ill health to check out on opening day, well there’s some poetry to that. Rusty Staub played multiple stints for several organizations over the course of his career, but he is must famously associated with the New York Mets, where his number 10 was retired by th Montreal Expos and he is a member of the Mets Hall of Fame. Staub was a six time All Star, he hit 292 home runs and drove on 1,466 runs over his 22 year professional career as a .279 hitter.