Public Statements

Today, New York and the World Lost a True Hero – Rusty Staub

Statement from Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of New York, on the passing of Rusty Staub:

“Today, New York and the world lost a true hero. Although he was born and raised far away, and played most of his baseball career in other cities, Rusty Staub will always be regarded as the epitome of what it means to be a New Yorker.

New York sports fans lost a World Series star and New York Mets idol; the widows and orphans of fallen NYPD and FDNY first responders have lost a champion who reached out to them in their darkest days; and the hungry and homeless served by Catholic Charities have lost a caring soul who used his gifts and his stature to alleviate their suffering.

Rusty Staub proved that it is not games played or record books that make someone special. It’s really about heart.

Rusty lived by example both on and off the field, and thousands of people benefitted from his life. For the past fourteen years, the Staub Foundation has partnered with Catholic Charities of New York’s “Feeding Our Neighbors” and other hunger relief programs,  altogether helping to deliver more than 12 million meals to New Yorkers in need.  And Rusty didn’t simply write a check.  He personally raised money through his annual golf tournament and wine auction, and every year he would participate in our Thanksgiving events by distributing meals and celebrating the holiday with the communities we serve.  His generosity and commitment knew no bounds, and we’ll be paying a special tribute to him this year in our annual gala.

On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Catholic Charities,  our prayers are with Rusty’s family, friends and fans, and we hope others will honor him by following in his example.”