Baseball that brought Mets first victory finally comes home

Beloved former Mets player, Rusty Staub, who died last year, took care of the baseball with which the NY Mets won their first-ever victory 57 years ago today, and used it to do good.

Staub did a prodigious amount of charity work, co-founding the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund (aka Answer the Call) to help the families of cops, firefighters and EMS workers who died in the line of duty, and other charities. He was given the special ball to sell to help his charities.

Sadly, Staub died last March before he could do so, but his final wish was to liquidate his assets so that his good work could continue.

The Mets paid a generous sum for the baseball, which went to charity, reports Ken Davidoff for the New York Post.


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