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All-Star Gary Carter Dies at 57

Gary Carter, one of the greatest catcher and players in MLB history, died Thursday after a long fight with cancer. Almost 1 year ago Carter was diagnosed with four brain tumors, but in recent months, the family hoped that, with chemotherapy and other treatments, the tumors were in check. However in January, the family revealed that doctors found several new tumors on Carter’s brain. His children announced the news of their father’s death on the family website, saying:

“I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 p.m. This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know. He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad. I believe with all my heart that dad had a STANDING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus.”

Carter, one of the best catchers of all-time, passed away from cancer at the age of 57 (AP).

Today Carter, also known as “Kid”, is remembered for one of the greatest comebacks in postseason history. Carter and the Mets were down by 2 runs to the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the ’86 World Series. With only one out left in the game Carter sparked the Mets and the crowd with a single to left field. In the end the Mets went on to win game 6 and eventually their most recent World Series. Carter was a hero for the Mets because he not only sparked the comeback in extra innings but totaled 9 RBI’s, which included one in Game 7 in the 6th inning to tie the game.

Carter’s hard work and dedication to the game never went unnoticed as he played in 11 All-Star Games, and was the MVP twice. However even when he was not in the spot light he still work extremely hard, he eventually set the NL record for games caught. He was the complete package in baseball, as he could hit the ball anywhere in the park, he could run with the best, he was one of the greatest catchers, and a leader on and off the field. His dedication was also recognized off the field and he was eventually honored with the Roberto Clemente Award.

Carter also won the Roberto Clemente Award.

Carter spent his first 12 years with the Expos and was part of a solid core that put them into the 1981 playoffs. He eventually went to the Mets where he played some of the greatest baseball in history. But as a fan favorite, Carter returned to Montreal in 1992 for one final season. On his last swing he hit an RBI double in the seventh inning at Olympic Stadium, and left for a pinch runner to a huge ovation from the home crowd and a 1-0 win over the Cubs.

Often known to be a “Phillie Killer”, Carter will be remembered by all players, even his nemeses in Philadelphia, for what he gave to the sport of baseball.

Carter was  finally elected to the Hall of Fame after 6 tries. While giving his speech he amused the Canadian fans and gave part of it in French, which he had to learn when he was drafted by the Expos. He was always known for giving the crowd what they wanted and was also known for his enthusiasm. He enjoyed everything he did in life and he will be missed all around baseball.

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One Comment on “All-Star Gary Carter Dies at 57”

  1. Brian gross
    February 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    12 years with the expos

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