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Staub's On Base Talents Unappreciated By Baseball Historians
Rusty Staub, a 23-year-old major leaguer, died Thursday in West Palm Beach. The red-haired left-hand hitter affectionately known as Le Grand Orange during his three year career in Montreal, was a lifetime .279 hitter. Staub is the only player to ever garner 500 hits for four different teams, Houston, Montreal, New York Mets, and Detroit. Despite being a six-time All Star, and posting 2,716 hits over his distinguished career, Staub never received more than 10% of Hall of Fame votes in his years of eligibility on the ballot. Underappreciated, Staub drew 4,050 walks during his career, 1,000 more than Joe DiMaggio. He is one of the four major leaguers who hit a home run before he was 20 years old and after he was 40 years old.