Rusty Staub suffers a heart attack, hospitalized in Ireland

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BaronFormer Met Rusty Staub suffered a heart attack while in Ireland on Friday.

Stab evidently fell ill on his flight back to the United States, according to his friend Stephen Marro. He was helped by two physicians on the flight, and was rushed to a local hospital where emergency surgery was performed.

A six-time All-Star with the Tigers, Expos and Astros, Staub, 71, played in 942 games over nine seasons with the Mets from 1972-1975 and 1982-1985. He hit .276/.358/.419 with 130 doubles, seven triples, 75 home runs and 399 RBI during his times with the Mets.

Stab hit .341/.413/.683 with four home runs and 11 RBI in his only postseason in 1973 with the Mets.

“Rusty Staub experienced a medical emergency on a flight from Ireland to JFK,” the Mets said in a statement.  “The flight was diverted back to Ireland where Rusty is now resting comfortably in a hospital.  The prognosis is good and Rusty and his family ask that we respect his privacy during this period.  He is in the thoughts and prayers of the Mets organization.”

There is a GoFundMe page designed to raise $60,000 to have Staub transported on a medical plane back to the United States, which you can view and donate to here.

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