6 Time MLB All Star Dead At Age 73

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Former New York Mets first baseman Rusty Staub died Thursday at Palm Beach, Florida hospital, according to the New York Daily News.

He was 73.

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Staub died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach due to multiple organ failure. He was initially admitted with pneumonia, dehydration and an infection and had spent the last eight weeks in the hospital. He would have turned 74 on Sunday.

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The Mets, one of five teams Staub played for during a 23-year MLB career, noted earlier this spring that Staub’s health was failing and asked for prayers, Fox News reported.

Mostly playing rightfield, Staub hit .279 with a .362 on-base percentage and 292 home runs with the Mets, Houston Colt .45’s and Astros, Montreal Expos, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers from 1963-1985. A six-time All-Star, Staub finished fifth in American League MVP voting in 1978 when he batted .273 with 24 home runs and 121 RBIs for the Tigers.

Staub finished his career with a .279 average, 292 homers, 1,466 RBI and 2,716 hits.

“The family suffered a loss earlier today when Daniel “Rusty” Staub passed away. The entire organization sends its deepest sympathy to his family. He will be missed by everyone.

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Staub’s New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund has donated more than $120 million to families of fallen New York City police and firefighters since its inception in 1986. The fund has received more than $100 million in donations since the 9/11 attacks, The New York Daily News reported.

“The Mets family suffered another loss earlier today when Daniel ‘Rusty’ Staub passed away in a West Palm Beach Hospital after an illness,” the Mets said in a statement on Thursday. “He was almost as well known for his philanthropic work as he was for his career as a baseball player, which spanned 23 seasons. There wasn’t a cause he didn’t champion. Rusty 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.”

Off the field, Staub was a prominent humanitarian. His Rusty Staub Foundation, which in 1986 established the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund, distributed over $11 million in the first 15 years of its existence to the families of New York area police and fire fighters killed in the line of duty, and since the September 11, 2001 attacks, received over $112 million in contributions. On January 8, Staub announced that, in conjunction with Catholic Charities, his foundation had also served 9,043,741 meals to the hungry at food pantries throughout New York over last 10 years, with funds though his annual wine auction dinner and foundation golf tournament.

He was a great man on and off the field.

Rest in peace brother and thank you for all you did. You made the world a better place.

GOD BLESS! 

TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Dean James III% AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS

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