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Statement of MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark on the passing of Rusty Staub

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NEW YORK, March 29 --  Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark today issued the following statement regarding the passing of Rusty Staub:

“Rusty was one of the game's great left-handed hitters for 23 years, from 1963 until his retirement in 1985, and one of the ultimate competitors of his era. Only 12 players in our game's history have played more games than his 2,951. But he will also be remembered by the fraternity of players as a smart, tireless advocate on their behalf who helped build the Major League Baseball Players Association and stood at the forefront of the fight for player rights. Upon retirement, he devoted himself through his foundation to helping the widows and children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Rusty will be missed but the legacy of his humanity and compassion will live on.”