Expos Rusty Staub ‘Le Grand Orange’ Has Died
Rusty Staub, one of the most popular players in Montreal Expos history, passed away early this morning. Known affectionately by Montrealers as ‘Le Grand Orange’ because of his red hair, he was an original member of the team and their first star – and although he was traded after only three seasons, his name still remains synonymous with baseball in this city.
‘Rusty’, born Daniel Joseph Staub on April 1st 1944, died early Thursday morning at a West Palm Beach hospital from multiple organ failure. He was first admitted 8 weeks ago with pneumonia and an infection – and would have celebrated his 74th birthday this Sunday.
Staub never did make into the Hall of Fame, but his number 10 shirt was the first to be retired in the team’s history and in 2012 he was named to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Rest in peace Rusty, you will be remembered by many in Montreal.