Daniel Joseph "Rusty" Staub (April 1, 1944 – March 29, 2018) was an American professional baseball right fielder, designated hitter, and first baseman. He played in Major League Baseball for 23 years with five teams. He 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.
Staub at Citi Field in 2010.
|Right fielder / Designated hitter / First baseman|
|Born: April 1, 1944|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Died: March 29, 2018 (aged 73)|
West Palm Beach, Florida
|April 9, 1963, for the Houston Colt .45s|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 6, 1985, for the New York Mets|
|Runs batted in||1,466|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Member of the Canadian|
|Baseball Hall of Fame|
Staub signed his first professional contract with the expansion team Houston Colt .45s organization in 1961. He 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. Following that season, Staub was signed to a US$100,000 Major League contract under the Bonus Rule.
In his first season, aged 19, he played regularly, splitting time between first base and the outfield, but hit only .220. He became only the second major league rookie since 1900 to play 150 games as a teenager; the first had been Bob Kennedy, also 19, with the Chicago White Sox in 1940. The following season, he hit only .216 for the Colts and was sent down to the minor leagues at one point. His statistics steadily improved in the 1965 season for his team, which had been renamed the Astros, and he had a breakout 1967 season, when he led the league in doubles with 44 and was selected to the All-Star team. He repeated as an All-Star for the Astros in 1968.
The Astros traded Staub to the Montreal Expos before the start of their inaugural season in 1969 as part of a deal for Donn Clendenon and Jesús Alou. The trade became a source of controversy as Clendenon refused to report to the Astros and attempted to retire; the deal had to be resolved by Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn who ruled that the deal was official, but that Clendenon was to stay with the Expos. Montreal eventually dealt Jack Billingham, Skip Guinn, and $100,000 as compensation.
Staub was embraced as the expansion team's first star, and became one of the most popular players in their history. Embraced by French Canadians because he learned their language, he was nicknamed "Le Grand Orange" for his red hair (his more common nickname of "Rusty" has the same origin).
In his first year with the Expos, he played in 158 games, having 166 hits, 89 runs, 29 home runs, 79 RBIs on a .302 batting average with a .426 OBP and a .952 OPS. He walked 110 times while striking out 61 times. He played 156 games (with 152 complete games, a career high) in right field for 1,355.1 innings, having 265 putouts, 16 assists, 10 errors, and two double plays turned for a .966 fielding percentage. He was named to the All-Star Game for the third straight year, although he did not play. He finished in the top ten for the National League in numerous categories, such as 10th in batting average, 4th in OBP, total bases (289, 10th), walks (3rd), but also right field categories putouts (2nd), assists and errors (1st).
The following year, he played 160 games while having 156 hits, 98 runs, 30 home runs (a career highs) while batting .274 with a .394 OBP and a .891 OPS. He had 112 walks and 93 strikeouts, both career highs. He played 160 games in right field, having 145 complete games in 156 games (a career high) started for a total of 1,374.2 innings. He had 308 putouts, 14 assists, five errors, four double plays and a .985 fielding percentage. He 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. 
For 1971, he played in all 162 games. He had 186 hits, 94 runs, 19 home runs, 97 RBIs with a .311 batting average, a .392 OBP, and a .874 OPS. He had 74 walks and 42 strikeouts. He appeared in 160 games in right field, starting 156 while having 145 complete games for a total of 1,374.2 inning. He had 308 putouts, 14 assists, five errors, and four double plays for a .985 fielding percentage. He was named to the All-Star Game for the fifth straight time, although he did not play.
The #10 worn by Staub during his first stint in Montreal was the first number retired by the Montreal Expos organization. He is also the franchise's career leader in on-base percentage (.402), among players with 2,000 or more plate appearances with the franchise. He is also the first player to have won the Expos Player of the Year award.
After three seasons in Montreal, the New York Mets made a blockbuster trade for Staub in 1972 in exchange for first baseman-outfielder Mike Jorgensen, shortstop Tim Foli, and outfielder Ken Singleton. He was batting .313 for the Mets until June 3 of that year, when he was hit by a pitch from future teammate George Stone of the Atlanta Braves, fracturing his right wrist. He played through the pain for several weeks until X-rays revealed the broken bone. Surgery was required and as a result, he went on the disabled list and didn't return to the line-up until September 18, 1972.
The injury never quite healed right and to make matters worse, he was hit by a pitch from Ramón Hernández of the Pittsburgh Pirates (on the left hand this time) early in the 1973 season. But he still led the team in RBIs. In the National League Championship Series against the Cincinnati Reds, Staub hit three home runs and had five runs batted in. In Game 4 he made an outstanding play defensively, when he robbed Dan Driessen of an extra-base hit in the 11th inning. But while making the catch in right field, he crashed into the fence and separated his right shoulder. The injury forced him out of the lineup for Game 5. The Mets went on to beat the heavily favored Reds to win the National League Pennant in 5 games. In the World Series the shoulder injury forced him out of Game 1. But he returned to the lineup for Game 2, but had to throw underhanded and weakly for the remainder of the World Series. Despite the injury, he batted .423 against the Oakland Athletics including a home run and six runs batted in. For the 1973 postseason he batted .341 with 4 home runs and 11 runs batted in and was noted for making 2 catches colliding into the wall in game 4 of the NLCS 9 Oct 73. The collisions were impetus to apply padding to the outfield walls at all ball parks.
In 1974 he had an injury free season and led the Mets in hits, runs batted in, and at bats. He played in 151 games, having 145 hits, 65 runs, 19 home runs, 78 RBIs with a .258 batting average, a .347 OBP, and a .754 OPS. He had 77 walks and 39 strikeouts. In 147 games in the right field (with 138 complete games), he had 1,292.1 innings while having 262 putouts, 19 assists, with five errors and double plays each for a .983 fielding percentage.
In 1975, he set a Mets record with 105 runs batted in—the first Met player to surpass 100 RBIs—which was not matched until 1986, when it was tied by Gary Carter, and not surpassed until 1990 when Darryl Strawberry recorded 108.
In 1978, Staub became the first player to play in all 162 regular-season games exclusively as a designated hitter. Not playing the field at all proved beneficial, as Staub finished second in the Major Leagues with 121 RBI and finished fifth in American League Most Valuable Player voting. He was selected to the Sporting News American League All-Star team at the end of the season as the designated hitter.
Staub held out to start the 1979 season. In the 1979 season, he played for the Tigers in 68 games, getting 246 at-bats with 58 hits, 9 home runs and 40 RBIs on a .236 batting average before being traded to the Montreal Expos on July 20 for a player to be named later and cash, with Randall Schafer being sent to complete the trade. He played in 38 games with the Expos, getting 23 hits along with three home runs and 14 RBIs on a .267 batting average. On March 31, 1980, he was traded to the Texas Rangers for Chris Smith and La Rue Washington.
Staub played 109 games with the Rangers, with 102 hits in 388 plate appearances while having nine home runs and 55 RBIs for a .300 batting average (which was his first since 1971). He was granted free agency on October 23, and he signed with the New York Mets on December 16. Staub served as a player-coach in 1982. In 1983, he tied a National League record with eight straight pinch-hits and tied the Major League record of 25 RBIs by a pinch hitter. In his five seasons with the Mets, he played in a combined total of 418 games (with 112 in 1982 being his most), making 702 plate appearances while hitting successfully 169 times and getting 13 home runs and 102 RBIs with a .276 batting average. Fittingly, his final game on October 6, 1985 was against the Expos, pinch hitting for Ronn Reynolds in the bottom of the ninth inning. In his last plate appearance, he grounded out to end the game.
|Rusty Staub's number 10 was retired by the Montreal Expos in 1993.|
Staub's career ended at the age of 41 in 1985. He was only 284 hits shy of the 3000 hit milestone. He was the only major league player to have 500 hits with four different teams. He, Ty Cobb, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield share the distinction of being the only players to hit home runs before turning 20 years old, and after turning 40 years old. Staub was on the Hall of Fame ballot for seven years from 1991 to 1997. He never received more than 7.9%, and he dropped off the ballot after receiving 3.8% in 1997.
Staub was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1986. In 2004, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Niagara University. Jesuit High School, where Rusty graduated, annually gives the Rusty Staub Award to the leader of the varsity baseball team. In 2006, Staub was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame  and six years later, in 2012, he was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. On May 26, 2012, the New York Mets featured a Rusty Staub promotional giveaway bobblehead as part of their 50th anniversary celebration.
In 1985, 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. During its first 15 years of existence, the fund raised and distributed $11 million for families of policemen and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Since September 11, 2001, Staub's organization has received contributions in excess of $112 million, and it has played a vital role in helping many families affected by the attack.
Staub went on to work as a television announcer for Mets' ballgames from 1986 to 1995.
Staub owned and ran two restaurants in Manhattan. Rusty's (at 73rd and Third) opened in 1977, and another Rusty's on Fifth opened in 1989. The 73rd Street Rusty's used to have an annual rib-eating contest, won by Brooke Shields in 1981. Both have since closed.
After his playing career, Staub also served as a goodwill ambassador for the New York Mets and was a vice president for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, serving as the chairman of the annual Legends for Youth Dinner.
In July 2006, Staub teamed with Mascot Books to publish his first children's book, Hello, Mr. Met.
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. He was initially admitted with pneumonia, dehydration, and an infection, spending a total of eight weeks in the hospital.
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The 1973 National League Championship Series was played between the New York Mets and the Cincinnati Reds from October 6 to 10. New York won the series three games to two and advanced to the World Series, where they lost to the Oakland A's in what was the second of three straight world championships for Oakland. The Mets set a record for lowest win percentage by a pennant winner, finishing the regular season with an 82–79 record. However, most of the season was plagued by the injury jinx to their key players. In September they finally got healthy and just in time for the playoffs. The Mets' victory has gone down as one of the greatest upsets in MLB history, as they dominated the heavily favored Big Red Machine.
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The New York Mets' 1985 season was the 24th regular season for the Mets. They went 98-64 and finished 2nd in the NL East. They were managed by Davey Johnson. They played their home games at Shea Stadium.Billy Baldwin (baseball)
Robert Harvey Baldwin (June 9, 1951 – June 28, 2011) was a Major League Baseball outfielder with the 1975 Detroit Tigers and the 1976 New York Mets. Listed at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 175 lb., he batted and threw left-handed.
Baldwin was born in Tazewell, Virginia, and attended Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on a scholarships for baseball, football and soccer. He signed with the Detroit Tigers as an undrafted free agent in 1972, and received his first call to the majors in 1975 when a thumb injury ended Tigers outfielder Mickey Stanley's season. He batted .221 with four home runs and eight runs batted in filling in at right field and center field.
Following the season, he was part of a blockbuster deal in which he and pitcher Mickey Lolich were traded to the New York Mets for Rusty Staub and Bill Laxton. He spent the 1976 season with the Mets triple-A affiliate, the Tidewater Tides, and joined the Mets when rosters expanded that September. He batted .292 over nine games with the big league club.
Though he remained in the minors with the Mets through 1978, he would never see Major League action again. In a two-season career, Baldwin batted .231 (27-for-117) and five home runs, driving in 13 runs while scoring 12 times in 39 games. He also collected four doubles, one triple, and two stolen bases.
Baldwin died in Hudson, Ohio, in 2011.Don Bosch
Donald John "Don" Bosch (born July 15, 1942 in San Francisco, California) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player and minor league baseball all-star.
Bosch was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1960. He made it to the major league club in 1966. In between, Bosch made stops in Kingsport, Batavia, Grand Forks, Kinston, Asheville, and Columbus. While with the Kinston Eagles, in 1963, he was named to the Carolina League all-star team and in 1966 while a member of the Columbus Jets he made the International League all-star team.
Following the 1966 season, Bosch was traded by the Pirates with Don Cardwell to the New York Mets for Dennis Ribant and Gary Kolb. He played in 94 big league games for the Mets during 1967 and 1968. He also spent some time during both years in the International League.
After the 1968 campaign, Bosch was purchased by the Montreal Expos from the Mets. The Expos brought him up to the big leagues for 49 games in 1969.
During the 1970 season, Bosch was traded by the Expos to the Houston Astros for Mike Marshall. Bosch spent the season in Oklahoma City and Buffalo-Winnipeg before leaving professional baseball. His combined major league record was a .164 batting average, 52 hits, 6 doubles, a triple and four home runs in 146 games - all as an outfielder.
Bosch scored the very first run in a major league regular season game in Canada. In the Expos' inaugural home game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Jarry Park on April 14, 1969, he singled off Nelson Briles leading off the bottom of the first; he and Rusty Staub would score on a three-run home run by Mack Jones—the first-ever home run in an MLB game in Canada.John Robertson (journalist)
John Robertson (March 12, 1934 – January 25, 2014) was a Canadian media personality.
Robertson, a good amateur baseball pitcher, had a tryout in 1950 with Major League Baseball's Washington Senators. When his playing days ended, he would stay around the game as a reporter, in later years writing newspaper columns on the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays. In 1998, he was inducted in the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame
1956–1958 : Winnipeg Free Press/Regina Leader-Post, Winnipeg, Manitoba/Regina, Saskatchewan
1958–1963 : Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba
1963–1966 : "Regina Leader-Post", Regina, Saskatchewan
1966–1968 : "Toronto Telegram" Toronto, Ontario
1968–1974 : Montreal Star, Montreal, Quebec
1974–1977 : CFCF and CJAD radio stations, Montreal, Quebec
1977–1982 : CBC, Winnipeg, Manitoba
1982–1986 : Toronto Sun, Toronto, Ontario
1986–1989 : Toronto Star,Toronto, OntarioRobertson worked as a sports reporter and columnist at the Regina Leader-Post in the early 1960s and grew to love the Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL football team over his hometown Winnipeg Blue Bombers. When the Roughriders were close to bankruptcy during a tragic 1979 season, Robertson flew in from Winnipeg (where he now worked for CBC Television) at his own expense to help out coach Ronnie Lancaster. The two men were flown around Saskatchewan in a small plane to drum up ticket sales for the final game of the 1979 season. Taylor Field was full to capacity for that game and the efforts of Lancaster and Robertson managed to save the football team from certain extinction.
Around the same time in November 1979, in his regular back page column for Maclean's magazine, Robertson coined the term "Rider Pride" when he wrote about his experiences and his feeling that the Roughriders had the best fans in the CFL. Robertson never received a cent from the Saskatchewan Roughriders franchise for his efforts nor an acknowledgement by the Roughriders franchise that he coined the term "Rider Pride," a term used extensively by the Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL franchise in their team marketing and for multimillion-dollar annual sales of Roughrider merchandise.
Robertson, an avid marathon runner, was the founder of the Manitoba Marathon in 1979, a charity to provide housing for Manitoba's mentally handicapped. He was also involved in charitable causes for the Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank, Gimli Food Bank and the Toronto Food Bank.
Robertson was a 24Hours interviewer on CBC-Television CBWT in Winnipeg, September 1977 to September 1981. In 1981, he created a feature documentary on Terry Fox for 24Hours. He also wrote a twice-weekly sports column for the Winnipeg Free Press in 1978, and was considered at the time one of Canada's best sports writers.
John resigned from 24Hours to run as a Progressive Conservative in the provincial riding of St. Vital in the 1981 election. After not winning that seat he joined the Winnipeg Sun where he wrote a regular sports column.
Robertson wrote three books: High Times with Stewart MacPherson (ISBN 0-9195-7618-4), Those Amazing Jays (ISBN 0-9199-5916-4), "OKOK Blue Jays" and "Rusty Staub of the Expos" (ISBN 013784462X)
From 1982 to 1989, Robertson worked for the Toronto Sun as a sports columnist then the Toronto Star where he covered the Blue Jays baseball team during their road games into the U.S.; he also wrote a regular column that produced huge bags of fan letters to the Star. In 1990, after some health complications, Robertson retired to Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba.
John Robertson was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and he died January 25, 2014 (Scottish poet Robbie Burns' birthday) in Gimli, Manitoba.Patricia Dawn Robertson, a Canadian satirist, independent journalist, non-fiction writer and editor, is the eldest child and daughter of John Robertson and his wife, Elizabeth ("Betty") Robertson née Brough (born April 8, 1935 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and died November 13, 2015 in Gimli, Manitoba). John and Betty were married in September 1, 1955 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Betty, who was trained as a Legal Secretary, worked in many law firms in Winnipeg, Regina and Toronto. She transcribed John's biography "Rusty Staub of the Expos." John and Betty's son and second child, Timothy John Robertson, was born November 29, 1964 in Regina, Saskatchewan on Grey Cup Sunday. Timothy, an entrepreneur, lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Lynda.List of New York Mets broadcasters
Television: SportsNet New York (SNY) or WPIX channel 11
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez, Steve Gelbs
Radio: WCBS 880 AM (English)
Howie Rose, Wayne Randazzo, Ed Coleman, Brad Heller
Radio: WEPN 1050 AM (Spanish)
Juan Alicea, Max Perez Jimenez, Nestor RosarioTed Blackman
Ted Blackman (February 17, 1942 – October 2, 2002) was a Canadian media personality in the Montreal, Quebec area.
Blackman's career started as a disc jockey at high school and teen club dances in the 1950s. After high school, he sold his records and equipment to one of his friends, Donald Tarlton (a/k/a Donald K Donald), who later became Montreal's premier promoter and rock and roll impresario.
Blackman began his career in journalism in Toronto, Ontario with United Press International in 1961, covering three Toronto Maple Leafs championships as well as several Grey Cups. In the mid-1960s he moved back home as a sports reporter for the Montreal Gazette, where he covered a variety of events prior to becoming the chief writer for the expansion Montreal Expos baseball club. During this time he was widely credited with creating nicknames such as "Le Grande Orange" for outfielder Rusty Staub and the bleachers at Jarry Park Stadium as "Jonesville" in honour of long ball hitter Mack Jones.
In 1971 Blackman began his dual role in the Montreal media working for CJAD 800 AM radio. He worked in various roles in Montreal radio over the next thirty years in sports and programming, primarily at CJAD. He also had stints as a morning man at rival CFCF from 1979–81, and The Team at its Montreal Team 990 (an all sports station).
He also penned a daily news column for the Montreal Gazette.In October 1984, the Montreal Gazette suspended Blackman from his columnnist position for having taken a job with radio station CJAD. The case was brought to labour arbitration.Blackman died in hospital on October 2, 2002 from complications of a liver transplant.
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