Rusty Staub (photo credit: Answer the Call Foundation)

In Memoriam: Rusty Staub

Daniel "Rusty" Staub, a MLB and Mets legend, passed away early Thursday morning, as reported by ESPN. His All-Star career spanned 23 years in the majors and was known for his slugging ability but what really set him apart was his commitments off the field.

Staub was embraced in Montreal who appreciated that he learned their language and at the end of his distinguished career, he founded the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund. The charity has raised tens of millions of dollars and provided additional support to families of first responders killed in the line of duty. Following the 9-11 terrorist attacks in 2001, Mets players and coaches donated their entire salaries from their first game back, about $450,000, to Staub's foundation.

In a press lease about his death, The Mets organization said, "Rusty helped children, the poor, the elderly and then there was his pride and joy The New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund."

Rusty's illustrious career and charity work will be remembered, as well as his constant commitment to showcasing the good in sport!

To read more about Rusty Staub's career, read this article by ESPN.