Ken Singleton, Mike Jorgensen, and Tim Foli for Rusty Staub
|Date: April 6, 1972|
|Team: Montreal Expos|
|Sent: Ken Singleton, Mike Jorgensen, Tim Foli|
|Received: Rusty Staub|
During the Major League Baseball Players Strike of 1972, the Mets made headlines on April 6. Four days after the death of Gil Hodges, the team announced that Yogi Berra would become Hodges' successor as manager. In addition to the news about Berra, a deal was made to bring Rusty Staub to New York. Ken Singleton, Mike Jorgensen and Tim Foli were sent to the Montreal Expos in exchange for Staub.
Rusty was a prime figure for the Mets. In '72, he was the team's top slugger before an injured hand sidelined him for much of the second half of the season. For the National League Championship team of 1973, Staub was a key player as he led the Mets in doubles, runs batted in and slugging percentage. In the post season, Rusty hit three home runs in the NLCS and had 11 hits (including a homer) in the World Series. Staub also became the first Met player ever to have a 100-RBI season, totaling 105 in 1975.
After five seasons away from the team, Rusty returned to the Mets. He was the team's top pinch-hitter from 1981 to 1985. Staub led the major leagues with 25 pinch-hits in 1983. That same season, he tied a major league record with 25 pinch-hit RBIs. In 1986, Rusty was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame.
Singleton, Jorgensen and Foli all had major league careers that lasted into the 1980s. However, not all of their years were with the Expos. Singleton played three years in Montreal before a decade of success with the Baltimore Orioles. After five seasons with the Expos, Jorgensen and Foli spent nine more years in the majors with several teams. Both Mike and Tim made returns to the Mets before the end of their careers in 1985.