Thursday, May 26, 2022


The next player in my on-going 1970 “In-Game Action” set to get a card is “Le Grand Orange”, Rusty Staub, an overlooked player who in my opinion deserves a bit more Hall of Fame love than he normally gets:


Staub was in the middle of his three-year run North of the border playing for the Montreal Expos, for whom he put in three successive All-Star seasons over the organization’s first three years as a Major League ball club.

He started out as a 19 year old kid in Houston in 1963 and went on to play for Montreal, Detroit, Texas and the New York Mets for two stints, with whom he retired with after the 1985 season.
And for those last five seasons with the Mets, he became one of the top pinch-hitters in the game and endeared himself to the Met faithful, even opening up a couple of well-liked restaurants in NYC along the way.
A few little "extras" about his career: Staub is one of three players (along with Ty Cobb and Gary Sheffield) to hit home runs as a teenager and as a 40-year old, and he is also the only player to amass 500 hits with four different teams (Astros, Mets, Expos and Tigers).
He was also the first player to play all 162 games in a season strictly as a Designated Hitter, which was for Detroit in 1978.

Lost in the crowd that was Rose, Bench, Jackson, Carew, etc. was this player who built a 23 year career, finishing up with over 2700 hits, 292 homers, 1466 R.B.I.'s, and six all-star appearances.To me, he is a Hall of Famer who deserves a spot in Cooperstown.


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