Gary Carter (1954-2012)

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Gary Carter passed away Thursday, his family confirmed.

GARY CARTER passed away Thursday at 4:10 p.m. after a battle with brain cancer, his family confirmed. The ESPN news story is here. And read Tim Kurkjian's obituary here.

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- April 8, 1954 (age 57)

- Nicknamed “Kid”

- 19 MLB Seasons with 4 teams (Expos, Mets, Giants, and Dodgers)

- 11-time All-Star

- Member of 1986 World Champion Mets

- 2-time All-Star Game MVP (1981, 1984)

- 1989 Roberto Clemente Award Winner

- 3-time Gold Glove winner (1980-82)

- 5-time Silver Slugger Award Winner (1981, 82, 84, 85, 86)

- 2003 National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee


Gary Carter By Team

Seasons-HR -RBI

Expos 12-220-823

Mets 5-89-349

Giants 1-9-27

Dodgers 1-6-26

Gary Carter

Expos/Nationals Career Ranks

Games 1,503 2nd

HR 220 3rd

RBI 823 3rd

Hits 1,427 4th

Runs 707 4th

Walks 582 2nd

Total Bases 2,409 3rd

Most Career HR Hit As A Catcher

MLB History

Mike Piazza 396

Carlton Fisk 351

Johnny Bench 327

Yogi Berra 306

Ivan Rodriguez 304

Lance Parrish 299

Gary Carter 298

Most 100+ RBI Seasons

Primary Position: Catcher

Mike Piazza 6

Johnny Bench 6

Yogi Berra 5

Gary Carter 4

Bill Dickey 4


Gary Carter’s Eight Most Memorable Mets Moments

1. Dec. 10, 1984: Expos trade Carter to the Mets for Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham and Floyd Youmans.

2. April 9, 1985: Walk-off homer in first game as a Met on Opening Day.

3. Oct. 14, 1986: Walk-off single in Game 5 of the NLCS against Astros (breaking major slump)

4. Oct. 22, 1986: Hit two homers in Game 4 of 1986 World Series, the second one was one of the longest homers you’ll ever see. There were stories about how it ended up on the Mass Pike.

5. Oct. 25, 1986: The two-out single that started the 10th inning rally in Game 6 against the Red Sox.

6. Oct. 27, 1986: Wins World Series with Mets -- their first title since 1969 (and most recent). Drives in 9 runs in series to lead Mets.

7. 1988: Named Mets co-captain.

8. 2001: Inducted into Mets Hall of Fame (Baseball Hall in 2003 as Expo, sparking debate).


“The baseball world lost one of its gladiators today, and I have lost a friend. Gary Carter was everything you wanted in a sports hero: a great talent, a great competitor, a great family man, and a great friend. To know Gary was to care deeply for him, and I am deeply saddened. All my thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sandy and their children.”

- Ron Darling


“On behalf of everyone at the Mets, we extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Gary’s family -- his wife Sandy, daughters Christy and Kimmy and son D.J. His nickname 'The Kid' captured how Gary approached life. He did everything with enthusiasm and with gusto on and off the field. His smile was infectious. He guided our young pitching staff to the World Series title in 1986 and he devoted an equal amount of time and energy raising awareness for a multitude of charities and community causes. He was a Hall of Famer in everything he did.”

- Mets owners Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and Jeff Wilpon


"It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter. Gary's enthusiasm, giving spirit and infectious smile will always be remembered in Cooperstown. Our thoughts are with Sandy, Christy, Kimmie, DJ and the entire Carter family on this very sad day."

- Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the Board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum


"When you think of the great baseball field generals, you think Gary Carter. He ran the game from behind the plate with strong leadership and passion. The Kid's contribution to our National Pastime is big, but his heart was even bigger. We'll always remember his caring way, ever-present smile and strong devotion to family, community and the Baseball Hall of Fame."

- Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson