Rusty Staub, Slugger Who Played 23 Seasons, Dies At 73

Rusty Staub, Slugger Who Played 23 Seasons, Dies At 73
FILE – In this June 23, 2012, file photo, Rusty Staub speaks during his induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario. Staub, who became a huge hit with baseball fans in two countries during an All-Star career that spanned 23 major league seasons, died Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Florida. He was 73.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Dave Chidley, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Rusty Staub, the orange-haired outfielder who became a huge hit with baseball fans in two countries during an All-Star career that spanned 23 major league seasons, died Thursday. He was 73.

He died after an illness in a hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida, hours before the start of the baseball season, the New York Mets said in a statement. The team learned of the death from friends of Staub who were with him at the time, a spokesman added. READ MORE>