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We’ll remember Rusty

Rusty Staub passed away this morning due to multiple organ failures. He was 73.

I didn’t really start following baseball until Staub’s 23-year playing career came to an end. I knew him through stories… as one of the best pinch-hitters in the National League… as the guy who hit .400 in the 1973 World Series with a bum shoulder… as the guy Davey Johnson tried to hide in the outfield during an 18-inning game in 1985, when he hadn’t played out there in close to two years… despite Johnson’s efforts to switch him between left and right field to keep him away from chances, Staub managed to make a game-saving catch when Rick Rhoden hit a ball to him.

I remember Staub as a restaurateur and a broadcaster… again, both through stories. I never visited his eatery and we didn’t get the channel he worked for. I remember Staub for the stories about all the work he did on behalf of the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.

The nice thing about stories is that they never die, as long as we keep telling them. Please share your stories about Rusty Staub in the comments, and enjoy the video of Rusty Staub Day in 1986 from YouTube.

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Duke Snider: 1926-2011

1994 Nabisco Legends Duke Snider card

Baseball Hall of Famer Duke Snider died this morning at Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido, Calif. He was 84.

Snider retired from baseball in 1964, years before I was born. My primary memory of him comes from a Terry Cashman song, “Talkin’ Baseball”

Snider was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. His 18-year career was spent primarily with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, though he played for the Mets in 1963 and the San Francisco Giants in 1964.

Snider was an 8-time All-Star and the runner up for the 1955 MVP. He had six seasons with over 100 RBI, including a league-leading 136 RBI year in 1955. He hit at least 40 home runs every year from 1953-1957. He played in six World Series, winning rings with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955 and L.A. Dodgers in 1959.

He was one of the game’s all-time greats.

And if you look around on YouTube, there are a bunch of interesting old tv appearances that you can watch.

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