Baseball legend, fans' favorite, sadly dies from organ failure days before his 74th birthday
Most people live their lives without being able to accomplished something truly great, while others go down in history for making the difference.
Rusty Staub, the famous baseball legend, was one of those people. Unfortunately, he passed away early on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the age of 73 due to multiple organ failures.
The Mets 'hitting icon' had been having several health complications for the past 8 weeks, and he didn't manage to live long enough to celebrate his 74th birthday next Sunday, as reported by Family Faith America.
Staub died at 12:30 a.m. at the Good Samaritan Medical Center, located in West Palm Beach, Florida, surrounded by loved ones. He will be forever remembered for his countless achievements on the field.
The #Mets 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. #RIPRusty pic.twitter.com/fFymLOAqhr— New York Mets (@Mets) March 29, 2018
During his illustrious career, he had an average of 2.79 with 2716 hits, 292 home runs and 499 doubles. He also held a 25-pinch-hit RBI record for 23 seasons and 2951games.
According to the source, thanks to his baseball career, he had the opportunity to play for Houston, the Montreal Expos, The Mets, the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers.
He still holds the record for being the only player in the major league's history to have 500 hits while playing for four different teams. But he won't just be remembered for his sporting feats.
As reported by Faith Family America, Staub wasn't just an exceptionally good athlete; he was also a great man and a true humanitarian. He was responsible for creating the Rusty Staub Foundation.
RIP Rusty Staub...great ball player, purveyor of stirrups and a gentleman. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/IJk6P6raPl— Stirrups Now! (@uniformcritic) March 29, 2018
After that, he helped establish the Fire Widows, the Children's Benefit Fund and the New York Police. For the last ten years, he put his fortune to good use by donating over 9 million meals to food pantries across New York.
His actions had a deep impact on several people's lives, and those who had the luck to meet Staub will certainly hold on to those memories.