Time All-Star Staub dies at 73

Former New York Met Rusty Staub gave the keynote address at Project Hospitality Annual Poor People's Dinner. 11/25/13

His Rusty Staub Foundation donated more than $100 million to the widows and children of NY policeman and firefigherts killed in the line of duty, including on 9/11.

Rusty Staub, pinch hitting for the New York Mets, watches his sixth inning hit to right field against the Chicago Cubs at Shea Stadium on May 1, 1984.

Born Daniel Joseph Staub, the New Orleans native would have turned 74 on Sunday. He played for at least four seasons for four different teams: the New York Mets, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, and Montreal Expos. It was a transaction that made a mark on both clubs, giving the Expos a core of players which would improve their prospects in the coming years and giving the Mets a larger than life star and offensive weapon in some of the franchise's better seasons.

Rusty Staub speaks during his induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario, on June 23, 2012.

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was Staub's teammate with the Mets in the 1980s, calling him one of the top pinch hitters of the day. So a bunch of us went over and I got to see my first hockey game. Along with being honored by the Mets, he was enshrined in the Texas and Canadian Baseball Halls of Fame.

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"God wasn't ready for me yet", he said at the time.

Staub battled numerous health issues the last few years, most recently a blood infection that shut down of his kidneys in January. Though he spent only three full seasons in Montreal, plus a 38-game reunion in 1979, his No. 10 became the first uniform jersey retired by the team in 1993.

Staub racked up almost 300 home runs and more than 2,700 hits during his long career.

Staub played for more than 20 years, made six All-Star appearances and is the only Major League Baseball player in history to rack up 500 hits with four different teams. He had been in failing health for the last few years, most notably when he suffered a heart attack in 2015 on a trans-Atlantic flight from Ireland to NY. Off the baseball field he was a French-trained chef with a pair of successful New York City restaurants - barbecued ribs were the specialty - and a humanitarian who raised well over $100 million for the families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty, never faltering even after more than 400 were killed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

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