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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

"Le Grand Orange" Rusty Staub is inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Met star Daniel Joseph "Rusty" Staub, affectionately known as “Le Grande Orange” during his time with the Montreal Expos, will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this summer.

Staub made the All-Star team as an Expo in 1969, 1970 and 1979 and played a total of 518 games for Montreal.

“It’s very gratifying to be recognized as a special player, especially when the award is of this ilk,” Staub said in a release from the museum. “For me, it’s even more special because of my relationships with so many people in Montreal, Quebec and all over Canada. I have shared some great memories of my career during the time the Expos introduced major league baseball to Canada. My first three years in Montreal were great times. To help establish our franchise all over Canada was one of the fondest periods of my career.”

As an Expo, Staub, a native of New Orleans, had a .295 average, .402 on-base percentage and .497 slugging percentage and 284 RBI. His No. 10 jersey was the first ever retired by the Expos. Staub played for the Expos from 1969-70 and again in 1979.

Staub became a Met in the 1972 trade that sent Ken Singleton, Tim Foli and Mike Jorgensen to Montreal. Staub played for the Mets from 1972-75 and 1981-85.

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