Rusty Staub, a fan favourite for two decades in baseball, dies at 73

FILE PHOTO: Former New York Mets and Montreal Expos star Rusty Staub waves as he touches home plate for the last time during ceremonies after the final regular season MLB National Leugue baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York, September 28, 2008. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rusty Staub, a beloved slugger dubbed "Le Grand Orange" by fans of the Montreal Expos and later embraced as a team leader of the New York Mets, died on Thursday at age 73 after a 23-year Major League Baseball career and a retirement devoted to charity.

His death at a Florida hospital, which came on baseball's opening day for the 2018 season, was confirmed by the Mets, with whom the left-handed-hitting outfielder did two tours of duty in the 1970s and 1980s.

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