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Former Met Rusty Staub dealing with kidney failure, source confirms

Staub was a key player on the Mets’ 1973 World Series team that lost to the A’s in seven games.

Rusty Staub, pinch hitting for the Mets, watches

Rusty Staub, pinch hitting for the Mets, watches his sixth-inning hit to rightfield against the Cubs at Shea Stadium on May 1, 1984. Photo Credit: AP / Ron Frehm

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Former Met Rusty Staub, dealing with kidney failure, is hospitalized in West Palm Beach, Florida, a source confirmed.

Staub is 73 and has a history of health issues.

“Fred and Jeff Wilpon have each reached out to Rusty to wish him well,” the Mets said in a statement. “In addition, multiple people from our organization have been in contact. All of us wish Rusty and his loved ones well in his courageous battle.”

In 2015, Staub suffered a heart attack during a flight from Ireland. Days later, having made it back to New York, Staub threw the first pitch at a Mets home playoff game.

Staub, a rightfielder and first baseman, had two stints with the Mets, from 1972-75 and 1981-85. He was a key player on the Mets’ 1973 World Series team that lost to the A’s in seven games. He also played for the Astros/Colt .45s, Expos, Tigers and Rangers in a 23-year major-league career that began a week after his 19th birthday. He was a career .279 hitter with 292 home runs and six All-Star appearances.

The Mets added Staub to their team Hall of Fame in 1986.

In 1985, his last major-league season, Staub founded the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund, which provides financial assistance and a support network for families of first responders who are killed in the line of duty.

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