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Old 03-29-2018, 11:14 AM
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Default R.I.P. Rusty Staub

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports...329-story.html


Le Grand Orange passed away this morning at the age of 73.
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Old 03-29-2018, 11:54 AM
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Very sad. Great player, class act.
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Old 03-29-2018, 04:43 PM
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Solid hitter and was all an around good guy. Face of the Expos in their early years.
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:29 PM
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Old 03-29-2018, 09:19 PM
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Also had turns with the Mets and Tigers
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Old 03-29-2018, 10:26 PM
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If memory serves he was involved in a commissioners decision to send him to Montreal, something about that franchise needing a "star" to build around.

I could have the teams wrong though.
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Old 03-30-2018, 09:59 AM
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If memory serves he was involved in a commissioners decision to send him to Montreal, something about that franchise needing a "star" to build around.

I could have the teams wrong though.
You're pretty much correct. The star he was traded for refused to report to his new team because he felt the manger was racist (he had played for him in the past). Instead of voiding the trade, Bowie Kuhn forced the Expos to send two prospects in the place of the star. (I think it was McClennen)
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Old 03-30-2018, 10:21 AM
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I think that Staub, Ty Cobb and Gary Sheffield are the only players in MLB history to hit a home run in a game in their teens and their 40s.
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Old 03-30-2018, 11:18 AM
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Here's the story on Staub to the Expos:

"On January 22, 1969, less than three months before their first game, the Expos pulled off a trade for Staub, shipping outfielders Jesus Alou and Donn Clendenon to Houston for him. But there was a snag. Clendenon refused to report to the Astros, saying he'd go work full time for the Scripto pen company instead. With the deal up in the air, Mauch, Expos GM Jim Fanning, team president John McHale, and owner Charles Bronfman devised an elaborate scheme. McHale had worked with new MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn in New York, so the Expos invited Kuhn for what was billed as a friendly visit to spring training. They secretly invited Staub at the same time.

When Kuhn went to pose for a picture with McHale and Fanning, Staub snuck into the photo at the last second, decked out in Expos gear. The AP photographer who snapped the photo, a friend of Fanning's, sent the image far and wide. Just like that, the Expos had built the perception of Staub being a member of the team, stymieing any potential effort by Kuhn to quash the deal."

Clendenon wound up being traded to the Mets where he helped win them a World Series and was named MVP!
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Old 03-30-2018, 12:05 PM
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Jesuit HS boy; excellent player. May he RIP.
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Old 03-31-2018, 09:43 AM
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As a kid back in the late 60's and early 70's who wouldn't get excited getting his baseball card? I'll never forget your 1973 post season when you played through the pain of a separated shoulder and not only played but excelled at the plate. It made an impression on my 13 year old self on how much guts and heart you had as a player. RIP Rusty, a great player and an even greater man.

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