Rusty Staub, durable batter who won pennant with Mets, dies at 73

Rusty Staub, 73, beloved Mets player and big-hearted philanthropist, died on March 29, 2018 of a heart attack, reports Richard Goldstein for the New York Times.

Known as Le Grand Orange and admired for his hitting prowess, Staub was even more renowned for his charities, especially as founder of  the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. This organization (also known as Answer the Call) assisted the widows of the fallen police officers and firefighters who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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