Mets give day’s pay to widows, children

PITTSBURGH–Rusty Staub played for five franchises, had hundreds of teammates and has had thousands of rewarding baseball moments and memories. And none of them touched him as much as what the Mets did Sept. 19. The players, coaches and Manager Bobby Valentine voted to donate one day’s pay to the fund Staub founded 16 years ago to benefit the widows and children of New York City policemen, firemen and emergency service workers killed in the line of duty.

"It’s just the nicest, greatest gesture," Staub said from Manhattan on Sept. 19. He had been told that the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund would receive nearly $450,000 from the Mets uniform personnel.

"It was time to put our money where our mouth is," pitcher Al Leiter said. "This is the least we can do."

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Title: Mets give day’s pay to widows, children | Author: Marty Noble | Section: Sports | Published Date: 2001-09-26 | Internal ID: 2125