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    May 15, 1993 - The Expos retire Rusty Staub's uniform prior to the game with the Mets.

    Apr 28, 1985 - Darryl Strawberry hits a grand slam in the first inning at New York but it takes another five hours before the Mets score again. Mookie Wilson scores from 3B when Clint Hurdle's grounder went through the legs of Pittsburgh first baseman Jason Thompson for an error in the 18th inning to give the Mets a 5-4 victory in a game that lasts 5 hours 21 minutes. Lee Tunnell‚ the Bucs 7th pitcher‚ takes the loss. A defensive gem by Rusty Staub‚ robs the Pirates of at least one run in the top of the 18th. Staub‚ 41‚ who weighs 230 is pressed into service when the Mets ran out of players in the 12th inning. Staub played right field when right-handed batters came up and left field when left-handed hitters batted. He was playing right in the top of the 18th. With Tunnell on second and two out‚ pinch hitter Rick Rhoden hits a looping fly ball down the RF line and Staub makes a running catch to save a run. In the bottom of the 18th Gary Carter draws a walk and Wilson‚ running for him‚ goes to third on Strawberry's single to right. When Hurdle's grounder went through Thompson‚ it ends the longest game in 3 years. Through one stretch in the marathon‚ in which 43 players were used‚ Pirate pitchers hold the Mets hitless for 10 innings.

    Sep 25, 1984 - At Shea‚ the Mets Rusty Staub homers to become the second player to homer as a teenager and also at the age of 40. Ty Cobb is the only other. Staub's blast‚ a 2-run pinch homer climaxes a 4-run 9th inning as the Mets beat Philley‚ 6-4.

    Oct 2, 1983 - Rusty Staub's two-run pinch double with two out in the bottom of the 9th gives the Mets a 5-4 win over the Expos in their season finale and gives Staub 25 RBI as a pinch hitter this season, tying the ML record shared by Joe Cronin and Jerry Lynch. He also finishes with more doubles than runs: six doubles and five runs. After the game, the Mets fire manager Frank Howard.

    Jun 26, 1983 - Mets Rusty Staub delivers his 8th consecutive pinch hit in the 9th inning of an 8-4 loss to the Phillies‚ tying Dave Philley for the all-time ML record. Staub's streak will be snapped by Cards Bruce Sutter 3 days from now.

    Sep 17, 1980 - After surrendering a 2-run home run to Rusty StaubRick Langford is removed with 2 outs in the 9th inning of Oakland's 6-4 win over Texas‚ ending his consecutive complete-game streak at 22.

    Mar 31, 1980 - The Expos trade 1B-OF Rusty Staub to the Rangers for IF Chris Smith and OF LaRue Washington.

    Jul 20, 1979 - Rusty Staub‚ a spring holdout who got off to a slow start‚ is traded by Detroit to his former team Montreal for a minor league player to be named later.

    Sep 20, 1978 - The Red Sox collect 6 hits-4 by Jerry Remy-off Dave Rozema but the Tigers clobber Boston‚ 12-2. Lou Whitaker and Rusty Staub both have 3-run homers to lead Detroit's 15-hit attack. The Sox loss‚ combined with the Yankees split with Toronto‚ leaves New York two games in front with 10 games to go.

    Dec 12, 1975 - The Mets trade OF Rusty Staub and P Bill Laxton to the Tigers for P Mickey Lolich and OF Billy Baldwin. Lolich leaves Detroit after 13 years and 207 wins and remains the teams career leader in games started‚ strikeouts‚ and shutouts.

    Aug 24, 1975 - After New York wins the first game‚ 9-5 in San Francisco‚ the Giants Ed Halicki records a somewhat controversial no-hitter in beating the Mets 6-0 in the 2nd game. The 6'7" righthander strikes out 10 Mets to improve his record to 8-10. Craig Swan takes the loss. The controversy arise when Rusty Staub hits a ball off Halecki's leg‚ which caroms to the 2B Derrel Thomas‚ who picks it then drops it. Official scorer Joe Sargis rules it an E-4. NY columnist Dick Young‚ watching the game on TV‚ writes that it should be a hit and accuses Sargis of subscribing to the theory that the first hit of a starter should be a 'good one.' The no-hitter stands but UPI's Sargis loses his job as a sometime scorer.

    Oct 17, 1973 - The Mets even the Series with a 6-1 win in New York. Rusty Staub goes 4-for-4 with a HR and 5 RBI.

    Oct 8, 1973 - Rusty Staub homers in the first and 2nd innings as the Mets crush the Reds 9-2‚ in a game featuring a bench-clearing brawl between Rose and Bud Harrelson. Rain postpones the AL game.

    Jun 9, 1973 - After the old timer's game at Shea‚ Willie Mays puts on his own show with a homer and circus catch and the Mets top the Dodgers‚ 4-2. Willie‚ older than a half dozen of the old Mets‚ hits #655 of his career. Rusty Staub drives in two runs to back Jon Matlack. In the old timers game‚ the Brooklyn Dodgers/Yankees lose to the Mets‚ 1-0‚ in two innings.

    May 24, 1973 - The Dodgers Willie Davis gets 6 hits‚ the Mets Rusty Staub 5‚ during a 19-inning game. The Mets win 7-3. The two teams combine to ground into 9 double plays‚ a NL record.

    Jun 3, 1972 - Rusty Staub of the Mets is struck in the right hand by a George Stone pitch during a game with the Braves. Staub‚ who missed 7 games in the past 4 seasons‚ will miss 90 games this year.

    May 14, 1972 - In front a Mother's Day crowd of 35‚000‚ Willie Mays‚ makes a triumphant return to New York with the Mets‚ hitting a game-winning HR against his old teammates. He scores in the 1st on Rusty Staub's grand slam and his solo in the 5th snaps a 4-4 tie. The final score is 5-4.

    Apr 5, 1972 - The Mets trade OF Ken Singleton‚ 1B-OF Mike Jorgensen‚ and IF Tim Foli to the Expos for OF Rusty Staub.

    Aug 1, 1970 - Rusty Staub has 4 homers-2 in each game-to pace the Expos to a doubleheader sweep over the Dodgers‚ 11-6 and 6-5. Ron Fairly also homers in game 2.

    May 7, 1970 - The Expos loose their biggest scoring burst in their 2-year history‚ topping the Giants‚ 15-8‚ on 15 hits. Jim Fairey has a homer and 4 RBIs‚ while Willie Mays homers for the Giants. In the first inning‚ RF Rusty Staub throws out the Giants Ron Hunt‚ 9-3.

    Apr 17, 1969 - Bill Stoneman's first win as a starter is a no-hitter for Montreal at Philadelphia. Rusty Staub's HR‚ 3 doubles‚ and 3 RBI pace a 5-0 win.

    Apr 8, 1969 - In a move to resolve the aborted Rusty Staub-Donn Clendenon trade‚ Montreal keeps first baseman Clendenon and completes the deal by sending pitchers Jack Billingham and Skip Guinn‚ and an estimated $100‚000 to compensate the Astros. Montreal will finally peddle Clendenon to the New York Mets at the trade deadline date. Clendenon will help New York win the N.L. pennant, and then he wins the World Series MVP award following the Mets victory over the Baltimore Orioles

    Mar 8, 1969 - NL President Giles and Commissioner Bowie Kuhn say the Rusty Staub deal stands‚ that Clendenon belongs to the Expos‚ and that Montreal and Houston will have to come to agreement on further compensation.

    Feb 28, 1969 - After the Montreal Expos trade him in a package to the Houston Astros for Rusty Staub, 1B Donn Clendenon announces his retirement. He eventually rescinds his retirement and baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhm persuades Houston to accept Jesus Alou in place of Clendenon, who remains with Montreal. The trade is pure gold for the Expos, and a bust for the Astros. Staub becomes Le Grande Orange, one of the most popular players in Expos history. In 1969, he will lead the Expos in batting average (.302), slugging (.526), and on-base percentage (.426). Alou, a singles hitter who posted an OBP 28 points below league average throughout his major league career, has a dismal season with Houston, hitting .248 with an OBP (.276) one usually associates with utility infielders of that era. Clendenon will also outproduce Alou while playing a vital role in baseball history. After joining the New York Mets in a mid-season trade, he helps lead the surge that eventually brings the franchise its first World Series championship.

    Jan 22, 1969 - The Expos trade 1B Donn Clendenon and OF Jesus Alou to Houston for OF/1B Rusty Staub. Clendenon‚ however‚ refuses to report to Houston and announces that he is retiring instead. A few days later‚ Clendenon will decide that he would be willing to go to one of several other teams‚ a move which outrages the Astros. It will be April before the issues are resolved.

    Jun 10, 1968 - AL games at Baltimore and Chicago are postponed‚ as mourning for Robert Kennedy continues. Astros Rusty Staub and Bob Aspromonte are fined for not playing. Pittsburgh's Maury Wills also refuses to play and is reportedly punished.

    Sep 27, 1963 - Using a lineup of 9 rookies the Colt 45s lose 10-3 to the Mets. The lineup includes P Jay Dahl‚ 17 (debut); C Jerry Grote‚ 20; 1B Rusty Staub‚ 19; 2B Joe Morgan‚ 20; 3B Glenn Vaughan‚ 19; SS Sonny Jackson‚ 19 (debut); and outfielders Brock Davis‚ 19‚ Aaron Pointer‚ 21‚ and Jim Wynn‚ 21. Dahl loses his only ML game at 17 and will die in an auto accident at 19. Houston 2B Joe Morgan will play 22 years‚ and 1B Rusty Staub‚ 23. Aaron Pointer singles for his only hit this year: his sisters will do better with a top-10 hit of "Fire‚" by Bruce Springsteen. Joe Hoerner and Danny Coombs follow Dahl to the mound in their ML debuts. 20-year-old P Larry Yellen debuted yesterday and 18-year-old OF Ivan Murrell debuts tomorrow.

    Jul 3, 1963 - At Houston‚ the Reds John Tsitouris allows just 2 hits in beating Houston‚ 2-1. Cincy collects just 2 hits in the win‚ scoring the first run on Johnny Edwards homer and the 2nd when Rusty Staub misses a pickoff throw from Hal Woodeshick and Pete Rose scores from 1B.

    Sep 10, 1936 - With his Cards trailing‚ 2-1‚ going into the 9th at Boston‚ manager Frankie Frisch hits a pinch single to start the inning‚ Spud Davis drives the pinch runner home with a pinch double. Mike Ryba‚ running for Davis‚ scores the winning run‚ and catches the 9th as Dizzy Dean retires the side. For the slow-footed Davis‚ it is his 26th double of the year‚ 2 more doubles than runs scored. With 32 doubles and 30 runs scored in 1931‚ Davis is the only player with more than 100+ games to have more doubles than runs scored. The only other player with fewer runs than two baggers will be Rusty Staub‚ in his pinch hitting days with the Mets: he racks up 6 doubles and 5 runs in 1983.

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