Rusty Staub ’61, Blue Jay Alumnus and Major League Great, Dies at 73
On March 29, the baseball world lost a great man of the game, Rusty Staub ’61. Rusty was a great Blue Jay. In 1960 he was a member of the Jesuit American Legion world championship team. In 1991 he was named Jesuit’s Alumnus of the Year in recognition of his 23-year career major league accomplishments and his charitable work on behalf of the families of New York police and firefighters.
A memorial Mass for Rusty Staub will be held at Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church on Tuesday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Rusty has been a loyal and generous supporter of his alma mater in New Orleans and has been extremely generous to his community in New York and beyond. This Blue Jay truly exemplified what it is to be a man for others. In 1985, he established the New York Police & Fire Widows & Children Benefit Fund, helping families whose loved ones were lost in the line of duty. The fund doubled its efforts in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Also shaping his charitable legacy is the Rusty Staub Foundation, which provides more than a millions meals a year for children, the elderly, and the poor.
At graduation each year Jesuit’s top honor in baseball is named after Rusty. Rusty’s last visit to his Alma mater was at John Ryan Stadium in 2012 to participate in the ceremonies of Grand Opening Weekend.