Baseball Losses A Great Ambassador, RIP Gary Carter
The great game of baseball lost a crucial ambassador today when Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter passed away from complications related to brain cancer. The star catcher is most remembered by a single he hit for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series that touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball history. He was 57.
Carter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May, two weeks after finishing his second season as coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University. His smile, bubbly personality and eagerness to excel on the diamond made him a joy to watch at the plate and behind it.
Carter was an 11-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner.
With curly, blond locks flaring out from beneath his helmet, and a rigid, upright batting stance, Carter was immediately recognizable on the field. And anyone who watched Carter recognized his zest.
Carter played nearly two decades with the Mets, Montreal, San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He led the Expos to their only playoff berth and was the first player enshrined in Cooperstown wearing an Expos cap.
Carter was known as much for his effervescent personality as his talents. He earned his nickname, “The Kid” as an eager teen in his first major league camp and the label stuck for the rest of his career, and beyond.
His Hall of Fame plaque reads “An exuberant on-field general with a signature smile who was known for clutch hitting and rock-solid defense over 19 seasons”.
Our hearts and prayers are with his family. Rest in Peace Mr. Carter – thank you for setting the bar so high.