Skip to comments.Baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter dies
Posted on 02/16/2012 2:39:07 PM PST by John W
Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter died Thursday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 57.
Affectionately known as the Kid during his 19-season major league career, Carter was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2003, his sixth year on the ballot.
Carter was a career .262 hitter with 324 homers and 1,225 RBIs. He hit at least 20 homers in nine seasons and topped 100 RBIs four times, leading the National League in that category in 1984 when he drove in 106 runs.
Among catchers, Carter ranks third all-time in RBIs and games caught, and fifth homers and runs scored.
He was an 11-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove winner and a five-time Silver Slugger. Additionally he was named to the Sporting News NL All-Star team six times.
Carter was named the MVP of the 1981 and 1984 All-Star Games, and he was the starting catcher for the 1986 World Series champion New York Mets. In the teams famous comeback in Game 6 of that World Series against the Boston Red Sox, it was Carters two-out hit that ignited the improbable rally and resulted in a come-from-behind 6-5 victory.
Carter was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive, fast-moving brain cancer, in May. About a week before the diagnosis, four small tumors were found on his brain after Carter had complained of experiencing confusion and fatigue.
Since that diagnosis, Carters family has maintained a blog, which they used to update the public on the Hall of Famers condition. On Jan. 21, Carters children accepted the Milton and Arthur Richman You Gotta Have Heart award for their father at the Baseball Writers of America awards dinner in New York. Those in attendance gave Carters two daughters and one son a lengthy standing ovation when they stepped on the stage.
I'll be telling my Dad about that standing O. He likes that a lot, Kimmy Bloemers, Carters daughter told the audience, according to the New York Daily News.
Carters son, D.J., then read a statement prepared by his father: Ill always have a special place in my heart for the people and city of New York. Ill never forget my first game in a Mets uniform on opening day in 1985 when I had the fortune of leading our team to victory over the St. Louis Cardinals with a 10th-inning walkoff home run. I still remember the feeling of riding in the World Series parade with over one million people lining the streets to celebrate our championship. Ive always strived to put my heart and soul into everything Ive done in my life. I want to wish all of you the very, very best and hope that the Mets win many more World Series championships.
In mid-January, Carters doctors announced they had found new tumors on his brain. At that time, his family announced that his condition had taken a turn for the worse.
Carter was a third-round pick by the Montreal Expos in 1972 and made his major league debut in 1974. He was traded to the Mets prior to the 1985 season and played one season with the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers before finishing his career with the Expos in 1992.
This sucks...RIP Gary.
He was a good man.
RIP - Gary!
I enjoyed watching you play with the Montreal Expos as a kid.
I always thought so too. Very sad.
1986 Mets! I attended so many regular season games. And what roller coaster NLCS & World Series!
This comes as a shock. Obviously I missed the announcements in the past year about his diagnosis and care.
RIP to a great catcher and (AFAIK) a good family man.
RIP Gary Carter.
How ironic, a few days now till pitchers and catchers are set to report for spring training.
The New York Times obituary of Gary Carter
When I was a young lad I had book that had the testimonies of Christian baseball players, Gary Carter was one of those featured. May he RIP.
I spent hundreds of hours watching this man and his NY Mets teammates play, and one could always tell that he was a team leader, very mature, very decent - a regular guy in a world of overgrown, self-absorbed infants. The world is a much poorer place without him.
RIP Mr. Carter
we’ll miss The Kid....
i take my 8YO daughter to 5-to-6 Mets games a year...not a huge baseball fan but we always have a great time...every home game last year they would play a 45 second montage of Gary Carter highlights then asked the fans to remember him....my daughter had me explain to her what was happening...
one image i will never forget was after the Mets beat the Astros in the NLCS in ‘86 and were on their way to the World Series, the first in Carter’s career- the kid was addressing a group of reporters...in the background you hear, “daddy- daddy” Carter turns around and his daughter is running towards him...he says the the reporters “excuse me” as his daughter junmped into his arms...great scene...
I’ve been a Mets fan since 1967. Even had an autographed picture of Tommie Agee, my favorite player when I was a kid. ( I copied his batting ritual) I remember well when Carter came to the team and how he had such a large part in making them great along with Keith Hernandez.
Very sad news and really unbelievable how fast this happened.
He was one of the good guys. Go with God, Gary.
Season ticket holder 87-88.
Gary Cater finally made the Big League.
God Bless you Gary Carter - Thanks for all the good times!
And IIRC he's the only player in the HOF enshrined with an Expos cap.
Game Called. Across the field of play
the dusk has come, the hour is late.
The fight is done and lost or won,
the player files out through the gate.
The tumult dies, the cheer is hushed,
the stands are bare, the park is still.
But through the night there shines the light,
home beyond the silent hill.
Game Called. Where in the golden light
the bugle rolled the reveille.
The shadows creep where night falls deep,
and taps has called the end of play.
The game is done, the score is in,
the final cheer and jeer have passed.
But in the night, beyond the fight,
the player finds his rest at last.
Game Called. Upon the field of life
the darkness gathers far and wide,
the dream is done, the score is spun
that stands forever in the guide.
Nor victory, nor yet defeat
is chalked against the players name.
But down the roll, the final scroll,
shows only how he played the game.
Is this Iowa? No Gary, you’re in Heaven.
Just saw this a few minutes ago on ESPN. RIP Gary Carter, cancer sucks.
I knew he was sick. God rest his soul. He was a fine man.
I wonder what’s become of Bill Buckner....
One time, when I was a kid, I sat next to his parents at Dodger Stadium when he was playing. They were incredibly nice. I’ve always heard such good things about Carter. Terribly sad.
As a Phillies fan I hated your clutch hitting and the way you called a game.RIP to a great player and a good man
He was still beloved in Montreal, even years after the Expos left.
Poor Gary rest in Peace good man.
He’s a minor league manager.
God bless him.
One of my favorite players. He had an incredible spirit and was a great ambassador for the game. I was so happy at the end of his career that he became a Giant even if it was only for one year. Loved to go out to the Stick to see him. Those were the days. God bless you Gary, you will be missed.
Don’t be surprised to see more of the 86 Mets go from cancer,liver failure and the like
Brain cancer? Yikes. RIP.
With his 2 out single he started off one of the greatest half innings in baseball history (unless you are a Red Sox fan of course)
I thought he disappeared into thin air. It’s like he fell off the face of the earth.
No actually. Bobby Valentine mentioned that he wanted him for his bench coach this coming season, but went with Tim Bogar instead.
It does seem that a lot of ball players/managers get brain cancer, I can think of Dick Howser, Johnny Oates, Dan Quisenberry for starters.
I've read that Pilots have a high rate of brain cancer.
Similar to Pilots, Baseball players fly a lot.
RIP Gary Carter.
Cancer is taking too many people before their time.
Speaking of the the ‘86 series, did you hear, like a week ago former Red Sox pitcher Oil Can Boyd admitted he was coked out of his mind during most of his starts.
The Sox totally would have won game 7 if John McNamara had started Boyd instead of going back to Bruce Hurst on short rest!
Yes, I read that. “The Can”...animal!
There were many things that could have been done different that would have produced a RS win. Of course, I was (and still am) a Mets fan, so I was happy. I still have my Game 4 ticket stub with Daryl Strawberry’s (drugs, anyone?) autograph on it.
The Sox totally would have won game 7 if John McNamara had started Boyd instead of going back to Bruce Hurst on short rest!Not necessarily.
* For one thing, the Mets literally played kick the can against Boyd in Boston, in Game Three. It only began in the top of the first, when Len Dykstra hit a 1-1 pitch over the right field fence, Gary Carter swatted an RBI double (still nobody out), and Danny Heep (the Mets' DH in the AL park) hit a two-out, two-run single to open 4-0.
* For another, Bruce Hurst wasn't on short rest---he'd pitched Game Five in Boston on a Thursday, the following day was an off/travel day, and the originally scheduled Sunday Game Seven was rained out, moving the game to a Monday and thus enabling both McNamara and Davey Johnson to use their best postseason starters, Hurst and Ron Darling (who'd pitched almost as well as Hurst in Game One and beat surprise starter Al Nipper in Game Four, in Boston), on near-regular rest.
McNamara made quite a number of mistakes in that Series, as did Johnson, but there were reasons why he lost confidence in Boyd in that Series. Boyd may have thrown zeroes from the second through two-thirds of the seventh (Gary Carter drove in the Mets' fifth and sixth runs with a single but got thrown out trying to advance as Dykstra was scoring the second of the two to end the inning), but the Mets made contact outs on all but three at-bats in their entire turn with Boyd and hit their balls hard enough that McNamara, weighing that with the first inning, feared Boyd had less than his best stuff while the Mets were reading him too well.
So if you get the opportunity with the extra day of rest, you go with your best Series starter one more time. Hurst had his best stuff that night and the Mets simply figured out how to hit him just enough to make it count when they needed it the most. And, of course, once they were in that Boston bullpen it was no contest.
I posted that as a joke, you know because of the cocaine Boyd was on . :D
I posted that as a joke, you know because of the cocaine Boyd was on . :DFunny, but I was thinking the Mets strafed him in Game Three because he wasn't on anything. They caught him stone cold sober and way out of his league. (You may remember Boyd boasting, in the run-up to Game Three, "I will master the Mets," only to get mastered right out of the chute . . .)
Theo Epstein should incorporate cocaine into his plans for the Cubs (it hasn’t worked for Zambrano but he’s gone!).