The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum have announced Rusty Staub, Doug Melvin, Rheal Cormier and the entire 2011 Canadian men’s national senior team as its class of 2012.
The ceremony will take place June 23 in St. Mary’s, Ontario.
Daniel Joseph “Rusty” Staub
(born April 1, 1944) enjoyed a 23-year baseball career with 5 different teams. He was an original member of the Montreal Expos and that team’s first star; though the Expos traded him after only 3 years, his enduring popularity led them to retire his number in 1993.
Embraced by French-Canadians because he learned their language, he was nicknamed “Le Grand Orange” for his red hair (his more common nickname of “Rusty” has the same origin). The #10 worn by Staub during his first stint in Montreal was the first number retired by the Montreal Expos organization. He is also the franchise’s career leader in on-base percentage (.402), among players with 2,000 or more plate appearances with the franchise.
A former minor-league pitcher who played in the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees farm systems from 1972–78, Melvin began his front office career with the Yankees as an assistant scouting director, then spent nearly a decade (1987–94) as assistant general manager and director of player development of the Baltimore Orioles. In his first general manager posting, with the Texas Rangers from 1994–2001, the Rangers qualified for the postseason three times — the only times the franchise had done so to that point in its 48-year history. Melvin spent the 2002 season as a consultant for the Boston Red Sox before taking the reins in Milwaukee.
Cormier made his major league debut on August 15, 1991. He started the St. Louis Cardinals‘ game against the New York Mets, going six innings, giving up one earned run, and striking out two. He pitched for St. Louis through 1994 and was traded to Boston for the 1995 season. In Boston, Cormier split time as a starter and a reliever.
After the 2000 season, the Philadelphia Phillies signed the reliever as a free agent. In the next six seasons with the Phillies (his longest tenure with any major league team), Cormier had his most successful years. In 2003, he posted in 84.2 innings a career-best ERA of 1.70. In 2004, he made 84 appearances, a career high.