Rusty Staub

  • Born: January 1, 1944
  • Died: March 29, 2018
  • Location: West Palm Beach, Florida


Orange-haired baseball All-Star…

Rusty Staub, the orange-haired outfielder who became a huge hit with baseball fans in two countries during an All-Star career that spanned 23 major league seasons, died Thursday, March 29, 2018, according to the Associated Press. He was 73. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

His Smile was Contagious and He will always be remembered by the oldest and the Most Loyal Mets (Fans since the Team's creation in 1962 :-) Fans. In Heaven, say "Hey" to original Mets, Ron Hunt, "Hot Rod" Kanehl. Roger Craig, ChooChoo Coleman, and Gil Hodges:-)

Posted by JD NICHOLS, Esquire - Brooklyn, NY - friend   September 25, 2019

Well, Rusty is playing for paradises ball club. He would have no problem homering off Cy Young..
Rest peacefully

Posted by A friend   July 15, 2019

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Stephen Schwartz - Southport, NC - friend   March 28, 2019

Posted by Stephen Schwartz - Southport, NC - friend   March 28, 2019

One of the best. He was a winner everywhere he went. RIP

Posted by Terry Housley - Wedgefield, SC - friend   March 03, 2019

I never stopped caring for you. See you in heaven!

Posted by Sherry Cloud - Houston, TX   February 20, 2019

Ill never forget Rusty coming out after his Astros game, to hug my parents and me. He signed my little souvenir inflatable Astro, and laughed and reminisced with my parents about his days at Jesuit and as a kid at Nord in New Orleans. What a wonderful guy. Heartfelt condolences from all the Pettingills. R.I.P., Rusty.❤

Posted by Lauren Pettingill - New Orleans, LA - friend   December 18, 2018

Had a big crush on u in the 70's. Saw u at Cubs park in 75. RIP Rusty. St Peter welcomes u home with open arms.

Posted by Diane Burgess - Steger, IL   September 21, 2018

My Dad spoke to your charisma and talent and converted me into an Expos fan when I was an impressionable 10 year old and during your great years in 69' and 70' and I followed your career after Montreal - particularly with the Mets - and of course many of your well-documented and clutch pitch-hitting exploits. That choke grip always made you one of the toughest outs in the business. Thank you Rusty for the nascent baseball inspiration which allowed me to grow into loving the game as I do today! Rest In Peace - that you have a much loved legacy with so many!

Posted by Geoffrey Mills - Montreal, QC   June 18, 2018

Rusty you were my childhood hero and those first three years in Montreal were nirvana with you in right field. Then at the last game in Shea Stadium I got to speak to you in my broken French and you most graciously engaged. Thanks for being such a great baseball player but thank you more for being even a better person. Rest in peace #10. Viva les Expos de Montreal and Le Grand Orange! Randy Coryer

Posted by A friend   May 12, 2018

I am a huge baseball fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Living in Chicago during your baseball career I saw u play at cubs park. I had the hugeous crush on u. Then afterwards heard about your charities and all you did. You were truly a good and remarkable man. To your family, I am truly sorry for there loss. RIP Rusty

Posted by Diane Burgess - Steger, IL   April 29, 2018

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss of an athletic man. I hope you find comfort and help in God during this time of mourning.

Posted by M C    April 28, 2018

You will be missed! A great player, you were my favorite! Your personality was remarkable. I was always hoping you would manage the Mets one day. Thank you for all those glorious years on the only team in NY! You were a first-class player all the way!
We love you!

Janis Chiarella
Huntington Station, NY

Posted by A friend   April 25, 2018

RIP Rusty. You will be missed greatly by this Mets fan and anyone who was/is a Mets fan for your great deeds on the field and for what you did for the people here in New York.

Posted by Ja Kaye - N, NY   April 25, 2018

You were always, always my favorite. Loved your red hair, your personality, and your talent. ❤

Posted by Lisa Henricksen - Succasunna, NJ   April 20, 2018

So sad to hear this news. Ill never forget
You. I enjoyed traveling with you to France and Italy. Also the trip to Napa and Sonoma to do the wine list for your restaurant. I was proud to call you friend. RIP . Love Karen

Posted by Karen Yarbrough - San Antonio, TX - friend   April 17, 2018


rest in pease

Posted by kenneth correale - ashland, MA   April 12, 2018

To the Staub family,

Please accept my condolences on the passing of Rusty.

My Best to all of you

David M Molloy
Troy New York

Posted by David Molloy - Troy, NY   April 11, 2018

Oh my, what a day
Look at Rusty
Hes out to play
Swing that bat and hit that ball
Rusty youre the best of all
Come on Rusty, let me see
Hit a home run, just for me

Posted by Barbara Guadagno - Staten Island   April 09, 2018

RIP Rusty. You were a good friend and neighbor. You will be missed by so many.

Posted by Derek Smith - Palm Beach, FL   April 08, 2018

My favorite ballplayer of all-time. My brother and I used to take the bus from Ottawa to Montreal to watch the Expos and Rusty in the early 1970's. Golden memories. Thank you Rusty. You will never be forgotten!

Joel Hueston (Vancouver B.C.)

Posted by Joel Hueston - Vancouver, BC   April 05, 2018

What passion for his fellow man
Following the example of his Heavenly Father
Showing compassion to those in need
Truly benefiting from the words at Acts 20:35
There's more happiness in giving than receiving
May family and friends embrace each other during this time and continue the spirit of giving Rusty displayed
My prayers are with you as God gives you peace from above

Posted by Jackie - Lithonia, GA   April 05, 2018

A dear friend for 40 years, I visited Rusty often when in NY and he would visit my family in both LA and San Diego numerous times over that period. Whenever the Mets were in town, Rusty, Ralph and I were out on the links. No one could entertain like Rusty and reciprocation was never lacking. I will miss his big laugh and robust personality. I am trying to find a funeral to attend, but have had no luck. Chuck, if you are out there, send a hint. I wish Rusty peace. A race well-run.
Bobby Vassallo

Posted by Bobby Vassallo - Dallas, TX - friend   April 04, 2018

My admiration for Rusty started when I was in 5th grade. I must have written him a hundred letters and he was kind enough to write back, sending me an autographed B&W photo with a personal note penned in orange marker on the back. I cherish that memento to this day. I was fortunate enough to meet Rusty three times as an adult and even get a photo with him and my son together. He did so much for so many in need. New York will never, ever forget Rusty Staub. He is forever my #1. God rest his soul. Peace to you, Rusty.

Posted by A friend   April 04, 2018

Sad to read about Rusty. RIP and thanks for the memories.

Posted by Harriet Ritter - Independence, KY   April 04, 2018

Rusty, it sounds like you were a legend off the field as well as on the field. God bless you and your loved ones. Thanks for making baseball great !

Posted by Charlene Puccini - San Francisco, CA   April 04, 2018

My boyhood idol. My wife also later had a chance to work with him on a few things. odd right? she told him he was my idol and he was taken aback. great man. did so much for charity its incredible. a huge loss for humanity.

Posted by Dave Cana - Long Island, NY   April 04, 2018

"Le Grande Orange" , as he was known to the French populace of Montreal, referring to his bright red hair.

Posted by Dale Anger - Midland, MI   April 04, 2018

Being a native Yorker and Mets and Yankees Fan I remember he was a talented condolences to the family

Posted by Kandy - CA   April 04, 2018

Hey Rusty, I knew you for about 5 years ,we both lived downtown west palm me and my dog duke will miss seeing you at Starbucks for coffee and having a little talk Rest In Peace bud

Posted by Joe Biserta - West palm, FL   April 03, 2018

What a life ang legacy. Enjoyed seeing Mr. Staub at the friendly Confines of Wrigley.
A true Gentleman.

Posted by Jeff Flathau - Hattiesburg, MS   April 03, 2018


Posted by Daniel M. Zaborowski - Pittsburgh, PA   April 03, 2018

What a wonderful humanitarian and all-around good person! My early teenage girlfriends and I were lucky see him do a cooking demonstration at A&S in Brooklyn in 1974 - Oysters Rockefeller. We were the gigglers in the front row. Sadly, I never met Rusty in person, but he will remain an inspiration on the field and off.

Posted by Martha Schrenk - Bethesda, MD   April 03, 2018

What a genergous,kind and caring man! An example of excellence. He will be missed.
Koerner Rombauer Sr
Sheana Rombauer

Posted by A friend   April 02, 2018

Rusty, you were the reason I became a Mets fan and a baseball fan. You will always have a special place in my heart. So glad I was able to see you last year when you came to White Plains. You will be sorely missed. XOXO

Posted by Darlene Beattie - Peekskill, NY   April 02, 2018

Rusty was a great person when he was with the Mets and he got injured I always sent him a get well card and God bless him he always sent me a photo. One time my Mom & I went to dinner at his resturant and we met him I told him my name he said " I feel like I know you since you always sent me get well cards." Rest in Peace Rusty my thoughts and prayers for your family and friends sincerely Linda-Ann Licari

Posted by Linda-Ann Licari - Norwalk, CT   April 02, 2018

This is the measure of the man. In 1986 The New York Mets held Rusty Staub Day. When it got to the end. Frank Cashen then GM for the Mets came out. He said," This is usually the time that the team will present the player being honored with a car or a boat. But, Rusty has requested we do not do that. Instead The NY Mets are donating 25,000 dollars to the Rusty Staub Foundation" Rusty was the most giving.

Posted by John Vogel - Oakland Park, FL   April 02, 2018

Rusty, so many good memories. I copied my batting stance from you as a young kid. It always worked for me. To this day, I couldn't think of a better person to try to emulate. You can't phony the NY sports fan. They will catch on eventually. This is why your legacy will last forever in New York. You were the Real Deal. And we all know when you went down. You went down swinging. Thank you Rusty. Rest In Peace.

Posted by John Vogel - Oakland Park, FL   April 02, 2018

My condolences to the family. And keep your faith and your hope.

Posted by A friend   April 02, 2018

Great memories of Rusty during our high school days at Jesuit. Always enjoyed visiting his restaurant when I was in NYC.

Posted by Dan Mobley - Baton Rouge, LA   April 02, 2018


Posted by Michael O'Toole - Boca Raton, FL - friend   April 02, 2018

Rest In Peace

Cary McGovern
Jesuit High School
Class of1962

Posted by Cary McGovern - New Orleans, LA   April 02, 2018

Your loved ones legacy will never be forgotten he was definetly a legend in his own right. May his contribution to the game live on forever.-Michah 3:16.
Ms. Morgan

Posted by A friend   April 02, 2018

You were an angel on Earth... rest in eternal peace. Heaven is blessed.

Posted by Barbara Scalici - New York, NY - friend   April 01, 2018

Merci Rusty !

Posted by Guy Champoux - Ville-Marie, QC   April 01, 2018

You have my deepest sympathy for the death of your loved one. Losing someone you love is really hard to deal with. So please find comfort in God because he promises at Psalms 9:9 "He will become a sincere refuge in times of distress."

Posted by A friend   April 01, 2018

The nickname fit and so was his grand heart . He was a guy who gave us many years of happiness. RIP RUSTY

Posted by Ron Davis - Rockaway, NJ   April 01, 2018

Being a long time Met fan I was sorry to hear about the passing of one of my favorite Met ball player. On today which would have been his 74 birthday Rest in peace. You will be missed by many people

Margaret (Peggy) Gaffney

Posted by A friend   April 01, 2018

One of the best pitch hitter die rusty ..prayer for and family I will miss you I saw you play in my young days..very very sad..fare well buddy.

Posted by moises hernandez - Euless, TX   April 01, 2018

Le Grand Orange has joined heaven's grand banquet feast. May God shower his generous soul with the eternal glory of Easter Resurrection.

Posted by Joe Witkowski - Wildwood, MO   April 01, 2018

Rest in peace sweet man. lucia

Posted by A friend   April 01, 2018

Fatewell Rusty, may you rest in peace. Alot of memoried you left us with. You were a great ballplayer. Ballplayers today would not perform lile you did especially during the 1973 playoffs and world series. We almost won it all that year. I will always remember you RUSTY.

Posted by Eddie Bonikowski - Port St Lucie, FL   April 01, 2018

may the God of all comfort strengthens the family and friends, at this time of deep sorrow. those who pass on God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. Psalm 116:15

Posted by Evangeline Jenkins - staten island, NY   April 01, 2018

May he truly rest in a peace and joy he so richly deserves.He and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers S.Dolores Gartanutti O.P.

Posted by A friend   April 01, 2018

Rest In Peace Rusty. I spent many a summer night admiring your talents on a baseball field. As great as you were on the field, your humanity towards those less fortunate are what I will always admire the most about you. Rest In Peace Rusty.

Posted by Frank Villano - Clark, NJ   April 01, 2018

How many lives had this man touched with such humility and selflessness? A true hero to all men and a deep loss for our community. Godspeed
#4 we will never forget you!

Posted by Gregory M - New YOrk, NY   March 31, 2018


Deepest sympathy to the Staub Family
You are in my prayer's.

A terrific baseball player and one of Gods special angels. He is playing baseball in heaven now.

M. Kosh
Ft. Myers, Fl.

Posted by marsha kosh - ft. myers, FL   March 31, 2018

My heartfelt sympathy to Rusty's family. I met him on August 9, 1999 and he went to get me a signed autograph of himself as a keepsake. Everytime I look at that picture and the group picture we took together at Shea Stadium I remember that special evening.

May God's peace and comfort be with his family and soul. May his memory be eternal. You will be missed by many Rusty.

Posted by Bruce Michael Ricciardi - Emerson, NJ   March 31, 2018

As a Detroit Tiger fan of Rusty's, I'll always remember all that he contributed to the team for the few short years in the 70's that he wore the Old English "D." I am pleased to see in his obit however that he was so much more as a big-hearted humanitarian than he ever was as a spirited baseball player. Rest in Well-earned Peace!

Posted by Frank Hawthorne - Petoskey, MI   March 31, 2018

A Good Baseball Player & A Great Humanitarian ! A Very Good Man ! RIP !

Posted by Carol Piwowar - West Babylon, NY   March 31, 2018

We lost one of the best human being ever. He meant so much to so many. There will never be another like him. Hes with God now . Love yah Rusty ❤

Posted by Roseann Horgan - Washingtonville, NY - friend   March 31, 2018

My condolences to Rustys family and friends. My father went to Jesuit HS in New Orleans with Ray, Rustys dad. Thank you for found childhood memories of meeting with the Staub family in Houston during the exciting early years of Rustys career with the Astros. He touched many lives. Peace.

Posted by Germaine Aprill - Isle of Palms, SC - acquaintance   March 31, 2018


My heart broke in a million pieces. Rusty was always my favorite player. I was fortunate to have met him once and he was such a kind gentleman. It's hard to see your heroes die. My condolences to all of his family and friends. You will be missed, Rusty. Rest in peace.

Posted by Susan Mitchell - Scranton, PA   March 31, 2018

Rusty was the true gentleman and a first class individual. What a pleasure it was to have known him in high school and afterwards. Vaya con Dios mi amigo.

Posted by Craig Martin - Austin, TX - friend   March 31, 2018

Rusty played 23 seasons in MLB...he should be a Hall of Famer, in my eyes He is !

Posted by Joe McGee - Evansville, IN   March 31, 2018

As a 10 year old, Rusty was my baseball idol as I grew up in Houston (1965), as a 16 year old(1970), at Strake Jesuit, he was my Jesuit brother' educated by the same New Orleans Jesuits as I was, and as an adult, he was my role model for life. Thank you Rusty, for contributing to my sense of purpose, I am truly saddened by your passing. Our wotld's loss, heaven's gain.

Posted by Steven Lea - Boerne, TX   March 30, 2018

Rusty was my childhood idol and a great chef! loved his Rusty's restaurant and named my son Daniel after beloved Rusty. He was amazing in the 1973 Playoffs and worthy of World Series MVP after injuring his shoulder. Will be missed RIP Le Grande Orange!
Joe Di Rico, Astoria, NY

Posted by A friend   March 30, 2018

Even as a life long Cardinals fan, I very much enjoyed watching Rusty Staub play baseball. I am saddened to learn of his death.

Posted by Bob Springer - St. Louis, MO   March 30, 2018

Rusty had a great hitting style! The choke up on the bat and the contact hitter that he was with very few strikeouts!!!!!!! RIP Brother!!

Posted by A friend   March 30, 2018

By far my favorite Met. What a wonderful ball player, and an even better human being. I only wish I had the pleasure of meeting him. Rest in peace Rusty.

Posted by Frank Bozak - Canadensis, PA   March 30, 2018

Rusty was a dear friend to our family over many years and through countless memorable meals and New Year's celebrations at his restaurants. We will always feel honored to have known this generous and thoughtful man, a baseball player and human being worthy of highest admiration. We join in mourning along with his family and his many friends and fans who loved him. Deepest condolences. Rusty, we hope that you and Alan are enjoying baby-back ribs and a laugh together up in heaven.
Marti, Susan, Liz (Betsy) and David

Posted by The Wagner Family - New York, NY   March 30, 2018

Posted by The Alan Wagner Family - New York, NY   March 30, 2018


You did it like nobody else.

Posted by Dennis Boyle - New Rochelle   March 30, 2018

A great baseball player, a greater man. Thank you for everything you did for the people of New York. Rest In Peace Rusty, you were one of a kind.

Posted by Jack Lemire - Somers, NY   March 30, 2018

So very sorry... We met him once and he was so kind to our daughter when he signed her Mets book. Such an Amazing baseball player, and humanitarian. God Bless him for all he has done for this world. This earth has lost an amazing man and gained another angel and bright star in the heavens. We loved you...Paul, Patti and Shayla.

Posted by Paul Moran - Schenectady, NY   March 30, 2018

My hero in every way. Nothing else to say.

Posted by Lydia Lilli - New York, NY   March 30, 2018

Posted by Michael Solimene - Naples, FL   March 30, 2018

Rusty Staub should be held up as an example to all professional athletes as an example of how to use your fame and wealth and the sports pages should give more space to the good Rusty and others do.

Ray (Fairfield Ct)

Posted by A friend   March 30, 2018

Posted by Mike Roccia - Revere, MA   March 30, 2018

Daniel Joseph Rusty Staub. The best clutch hitter the Mets ever had! Loved to watch him hit - no one concentrated more on a baseball. Also loved watching him warm up that rifle arm in right field before innings where he would throw the ball into the bullpen at Shea - every warmup throw just one inch above the wall but never hitting it, it was a show in itself. Tremendous ball player and tremendous human being. Met him only once going through La Guardia airport with Keith Hernandez. Both gentlemen signing autographs all the way.
Rest in Peace Rusty, you made the world a better place.

Posted by Barry Mauri - Southport, CT   March 30, 2018

RIP Le Grand Orange. Such a class act who gave so much to baseball.

Posted by Wally - AZ   March 30, 2018

I was born in 1963, my dad took me to my first game in 1973 and i loved rusty. so much that i was him for halloween. and i was a girl. people were like who are you? LOL my dad also took me to his restaurant in NYC, I still have a plate that I got there. I remember back in the 80s at shea when there would be picnics in the outfield for the widows of police officers, he was a great man. Hopefully the Mets retire his number!!!

Posted by laura Winters - long valley, NJ   March 30, 2018

You was the greatest, RIP

Posted by A friend   March 30, 2018

My brother and I watched rusty play in the stree off of Mendez in new Orlean-saw him after his heart attack in the airport my family knew he was destined for great things R.I.P Always a fan Jane Winnow and family New Orleans and Houston

Posted by A friend   March 30, 2018

I remember being very excited as a child watching him play for Houston vs the reds at the old Crosley field. I believe he was rookie of the year. R.I.p. rusty you'll never be forgotten, rich

Posted by Rich Wages - Muncie, IN   March 30, 2018

Always enjoyed watching Rusty play ball. Rest in peace and God bless

Posted by Rich Mccarthy - Bridgeport, CT   March 30, 2018

Rusty was just a great guy and a true good
character...his love of all people will never
be forgotten...I know exactly where you landed
this week. If not the HOF..more important the Heaven Hall of FAME. Good guy..thanks Rusty!

Posted by The Boyces - Woodbridge, CT   March 30, 2018

Condolences to Sally and the entire Staub family. Many prayers and blessings, Margaret Munro Newman

Posted by Margaret Munro Newman - Arlington, VA   March 30, 2018

One of my favorite Mets. An amazing ball player & an incredible humanitarian. My deepest condolences to his family. May you rest in peace.

Posted by Carol Marburger - Lakeland, FL   March 30, 2018

This can only be the the most 'heart-breaking' Easter news ! What a terrible tragedy for a 'Montreal Legend'. He will be missed by all.

Posted by Joanna Avanitis - Montreal, QC   March 30, 2018

My deepest condolences to Rusty Staub's family and loved ones. He will never be forgotten for his accomplishments in baseball and for his humanity.

Posted by D Roseman    March 30, 2018

Sally, Sue and Chuck,

Please accept the prayers and sympathy of all our family on the death of your dear brother, Rusty. May you all get strength from your faith and each other at this difficult time.

Rhoda and Ronald Carr

Posted by A friend   March 30, 2018

Our lives were truly richer having know Rusty. Our sincerest condolences to Chuck, Sally , Susie and family.

Posted by Johnny and Karen Franck - Metairie, LA   March 30, 2018

Rusty Staub was a huge part of The Montreal Expos organisation. He was loved and admired by baseball fans everywhere.

Posted by David maye - Pointe Claire, QC - friend   March 30, 2018

One of the greats!

Posted by Rodger Jennings - Roxana, IL   March 30, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Although your hearts are filled with pain and sorrow, our prayer is that you gain comfort and hope from God's promise to reunite us with our love ones on the earth, never having to say goodbye again. For Jesus will make this earth the problem-free paradise that His Father intended it to be. We have gained comfort and strength from this promise, may your family do the same.

Posted by Wells Family - CA   March 30, 2018

You will be missed!

Posted by Carol Bull - Horncastle, England, FL   March 30, 2018

Vin Scully, L A Dodger announcer did story after story on La Grand Orange, mainly while at Montreal, & other teams, ect ect...>>>>>>

Posted by Vic Bulaich - Westchester, CA   March 30, 2018

Rusty was one of a kind, tremendous efforts on and off the field.
Please accept my Condolences to the Staub Family.

David M Molloy
Troy New York

Posted by David Molloy - Troy, NY - friend   March 30, 2018

My condolences to your family. Rusty was quite an athlete. He left his mark on baseball and will be missed. May Jehovah comfort you all during this time of grief.

Posted by Rae    March 30, 2018

so sad to hear of his passing away were sending our prays to his Family and Friends RIP SIR

Posted by Judith Warren - Poughkeepsie, NY   March 30, 2018

A Hall of Fame humanitarian. As a retired member of the NYPD, who worked through 9/11 and it's aftermath, I cannot express the depth of gratitude so many of us feel towards Rusty. God Bless.

Posted by Kenneth O'Keefe - Queens, NY   March 30, 2018

I have such fond memories of my father and I going up to the old Jarry park to watch you play. I would always make my father get right field side tickets so I could watch you play. You were very blessed in your lifetime and I'm sure God has embraced you in your passing. Your legacy will live on. Godspeed And thanks for the wonderful memories!!

Posted by S J - Formerly Peru New York now, VA   March 30, 2018


To Rusty staub,
I thought you were a great baseball player for the New York mets. My prayers go to your family&friends. Lisa

Posted by Lisa Weiner - Brooklyn, NY   March 30, 2018

There goes a baseball player!

Posted by A friend   March 30, 2018

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by - OH   March 30, 2018

A great player and a greater person!

Posted by Douglas Myer - Lawrence Twp, NJ   March 30, 2018

My deepest condolences over the loss of your loved one. May the God of Comfort grant comfort during this most diffcult time. B. Meill(NC)

Posted by A friend   March 30, 2018

A great player and an awesome man. He will truly be missed! Ya Gotta Believe!

Posted by Bill Shea - Middletown, CT   March 30, 2018

A brilliant career my sincere condolence for your loss.

Posted by - IN   March 30, 2018

Rusty was one of my favorite Met players.

Posted by Barbara Cameron - Lancaster, PA   March 30, 2018

My condolences to Mr. Staub's family. Had the pleasure of meeting Rusty in Pinellas Park , Fla at training camp in the 80's. RIP.

Posted by Steve Ashley - Winston-Salem, NC   March 30, 2018

I remember meeting you on a Mets Cruise in 2002, you were holding court amongst Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman and other former Mets. You took the time to sign 2 hats for me. I thanked you for all you did for the Widow's and Children's Fund. Thanks for caring Rusty, and you were a hell of a ballplayer too.

Posted by Patrick Sheridan - White Plains, NY   March 30, 2018

Mr. Staub was a man of courage and conviction. He refused to play on the national day of mourning for Bobby Kennedy. A great ballplayer and an even better man. Godspeed.

Posted by A Fan - Boston   March 30, 2018

As a life-long Mets fan, I was saddened by Rusty's passing. As a former resident of New Orleans we were both members of the Diamond Club of Greater New Orleans. He will be remembered not only for his baseball talent, but his numerous charitable endeavors. I guess the Good Lord needed another left-handed bat. Repose En Paix, Le Grande Orange!

Posted by Tony Romeo - Hamilton, NJ   March 30, 2018

To the Family of Rusty Staub: May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of grief and heartache. Remember, God keeps in his memory those who are asleep in death because they are precious in his eyes. My sincere condolences to the Family.

Posted by - High Point, NC   March 30, 2018

You were my favorite all-time Met. I will forever cherish the games at Shea in right field. Your charities will miss you. You were a wonderful person.

Posted by Judy Graham - Sebastian, FL   March 29, 2018

Montreal vous a aimé car vous étiez un joueur formidable, un ambassadeur engagé à faire connaître le baseball au Québec et au Canada et surtout un vrai gentleman et homme engagé à aider les autres. RIP Monsieur Staub.

Posted by A friend   March 29, 2018

RIP RUSTY.... Today is a very sad day in my family as we heard of your passing. My dad is an immigrant from Ecuador who went to a Mets game in which you got a game winning hit, not understanding exactly what baseball was about at the time. All he heard was everyone cheering RUSTY RUSTY!!! Then here I am born in 1972 and yes my dad named me Rusty after you. I don't even have reddish hair but I do have one of the awesome names one can have. I actually had the opportunity to meet and you sent me a personalized letter telling us how flattered you were to have someone named after you. I wonder if my dad knew your real name if my history would have been different. I'm glad he didn't know. I love me some RUSTY RUSTY RUSTY!!!!!

God Bless you

Posted by Rusty Bajana - Stamford, CT   March 29, 2018

RIP Rusty. I remember watching him play. Hitting machine. I may have his baseball card which I think I'll keep now. Good memory from my youth

Posted by A friend   March 29, 2018

My sincere condolences are with the family and friends of Mr. Rusty Staub because of your loss. Please remember that God cares for each of you.

Posted by C. Leggette - Pontiac, MI   March 29, 2018

RIP Rusty! Well done you good and faithful servant.

I had the chance to meet you once in the picnic area before a game at Shea Stadium. You signed my hat and were most gracious and friendly like we were friends for years.

God Bless.

Posted by Rich Galvin - Lincroft, NJ   March 29, 2018

Rest in peace Rusty, you had real fans from every baseball city in America and I was one. You were great in many ways. God bless your soul.

Posted by David Crowe - Clarksville, TN   March 29, 2018

A great member of The Skeeters Club in NYC where I first met him years ago. Struck up a re-acquaintance with him in Palm Beach attending 7AM Sunday Mass at St. Edwards Church where he could be found each week praying to good Lord who he just joined in a game of catch in heaven. He will be missed....a wonderful human being.

Posted by Ted Donahue - Palm Beach, FL   March 29, 2018


RIP my favorite Mets 1st Baseman.

Posted by S Mancini - Glastonbury, CT   March 29, 2018

I have always been a Met fan and you will always be my favorite.
I fell in love with you at 15 and met you in your restaurant on 3rd and
73rd. I will never forget you! You are very special. Rest In Peace!

Posted by Robin Berger - New York, NY   March 29, 2018

Sat next to you in the stands, my Dad knew who you were. We didn't want to bother you, now that I've read all this, wished I shook your hand. Now you are tap dancing with all the saints and baseball fans up there!!!

Posted by A friend   March 29, 2018

Great baseball player, great Baseball and Renaissance Man, and a wonderful person. We love you, and we will miss you Rusty. Rest in Peace.

Posted by A friend   March 29, 2018

How wonderful to have had such a stellar career in one of the best sports. Condolences go to the family during this most difficult time. May you find comfort in God's promises for the future.

Posted by L B - Brandon, FL   March 29, 2018

I'll never forget that catch at the wall against the Reds and his time with my Tigers-Rest In Peace Le Grande Orange!

Posted by Randy Allen - Marietta, GA   March 29, 2018

Glenn debello bat boy and Lee Marzillis cousinwould like to attend wake/funeral. Pls advise of location

Posted by Glenn Debello - Jericho   March 29, 2018

Godspeed my Southpaw friend

Posted by Jt Kl - Bedford Hills, NY   March 29, 2018


Godspeed Rusty, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. Now playing in the Ultimate Venue

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   March 29, 2018

God has the Mets in Heaven. Rusty joins Ed Charles to be part of His team. Rusty was a class act and like Ed Charles, a true gentleman. You did good Rusty. May you rest in peace. Hit a grand slam. Blessings to his family

Posted by Emily McAlister - Tampa, FL   March 29, 2018

A great ball player who graced fans with years of wonderful memories. And an even better humanitarian. NY loved you, Rusty (as did all the cities where you played) and we always will. God bless.

Posted by Kathleen Keenan - Suffern, NY   March 29, 2018

We never met, Mr. Staub, but I am certain you are sitting with Jesus. Thank you for your work with police and fire survivors. May you enjoy His eternal light.

Greater Cincinnati Police Museum

Posted by LT Stephen R. Kramer RET, Exec. Director - Cincinnati, OH   March 29, 2018


Posted by LEE DEAN - TITUSVILLE FL, FL   March 29, 2018

Le Grand Orange was one of my favorite Met's players. A long life lived well!! Thanks for the memories!!

Posted by mike fenster - danbury, CT   March 29, 2018

I became a Met fan right around the time the Mets traded for him. Other than Tom Seaver, he was the biggest star that we had. A great sweet swing, Rusty was everything a Met Fan could want. A class act all the way. I was so upset when he was traded away. A great right fielder and should be in the Hall of Fame. Thank you Rusty for all that you did for the game of baseball. You are a true legend. Rest in Peace Mr. Staub.

Posted by Brian Albany NY    March 29, 2018

I had a chance to meet you Mr. Staub on Palm Beach a while back. I told you as a child I looked up to. You left a lasting impression on me as a young lad. Your generosity and work ethic was unbelievable. I am a first responder and truly appreciate everything you have done for us. I know you are at peace and in a much better place. To your family, my condolences. Rest in Peace (Slainte)

Posted by Bryan Wilkins - Royal Palm Beachj, FL   March 29, 2018


Posted by bob stechmann - FL - friend   March 29, 2018

VERY SAD to see you leave. There aren't enough individuals on this E a

Earth like YOU. GOD BIESS and thanks for being here!

Posted by Larry Loughner - Lancaster, PA   March 29, 2018

It was a privilege to consider Daniel "Rusty" Staub a Friend. His Long Career in Baseball and His Charitable Work, will never be forgotten.
Rest In Peace Orange !

Posted by Joe Healey - Palm Beach Gardens, FL   March 29, 2018

Great personable right field player i can remember calling his name and he waved at Forbes Field! RIP a charitable major leaguer!!

Posted by John E - Lancaster, PA   March 29, 2018

Posted by bill lively - fort worth, TX   March 29, 2018

I always loved to watch you play, no matter for which team! Thank you for being part of the glorious history of baseball, and for all the good you have done to help mankind.

Posted by Diane Glaze - Los Alamitos, CA   March 29, 2018

My condolences. He was one of the athletic greats. We are all so sorry.

Posted by A friend   March 29, 2018

He's been my favorite player since I was 10 years old. Just doesn't seem right to play a baseball game without Rusty in the world. Thanks Rusty, My Main Man!

Posted by M Johnson - Penn Yan, NY   March 29, 2018

My favorite "ginger" Met. R.I.P. now in your Field of Dreams where the sun never sets and the season never ends. God bless you.

Posted by Janice M - Waterbury, CT   March 29, 2018

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Topeka, KS   March 29, 2018

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