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An MLB Legend Passed Away Early This Morning

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Major League Baseball lost one of its greatest personalities and humanitarians this morning.

Daniel Joseph "Rusty" Staub, an outfielder for five different teams over a 23-year MLB career that spanned from 1963-1985, passed away early this morning. He was 73.

Staub had been ill for the last two months and died early Thursday at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach from multiple organ failure.

The New York Mets, who Staub played for for nine seasons, paid tribute to him on Twitter.

Staub was a six-time All-Star who retired following the 1985 season with 2,716 career hits, 292 home runs and 1,466 RBI. He is the only player in Major League history to collect 500 hits with four different teams--the Mets, Astros, Expos and Tigers.

Staub was known off the field for his skills as a chef and restaurateur, as well as his impressive charitable contributions. He established the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund in 1986 and helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the widows and families of cops and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

In conjunction with Catholic Charities, Staub also helped feed the homeless in New York over the last 10 years.

RIP Rusty. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.