Richard Frank Rusteck
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Height 6' 1", Weight 175 lb.
- School University of Notre Dame
- HIgh School St. Phillip High School (Chicago)
- Debut June 10, 1966
- Final Game October 2, 1966
- Born July 12, 1941 in Chicago, IL USA
Rusteck went to the University of Notre Dame, at the same time as Ron Reed. Signed as a free agent in 1963, Dick spent most of three years in the minors primarily as a reliever before becoming a starter for part of 1965 and in 1966 in the minors. He had a 2.30 ERA for the Jacksonville Suns in 12 starts in 1966.
He came up to the Mets in June 1966. He was three years older than teammate Tug McGraw, who was primarily a starter that year, and he was five years older than rookie Nolan Ryan, who made his major league debut in September that year.
The book Notre Dame Baseball Greats has a page on Dick Rusteck, along with a photo. The book mentions that on [October 2], 1966, former Notre Dame player Ron Reed won his first major league game (for Atlanta) and Shaun Fitzmaurice, another Notre Dame alumnus, played that day for the Mets. Rusteck on that day pitched three scoreless innings in what was his final major league appearance.