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Baseball Great Gary Carter has Passed Away

Baseball Great Gary Carter has Passed Away

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Gary Carter

Posted February 16th, 2012 6:26pm

 The National Baseball Hall of Fame Remembers Gary Carter 
"It's a grueling position (catcher). My knees will tell you that. (But) I can look back and say it's worth it to be enshrined in Cooperstown." -- Gary Carter, at his 2003 Hall of Fame induction
Gary Carter’s Hall of Fame plaque (elected, 2003)
Gary Edmund Carter
Montreal N.L. 1974-84, 1992
New York N.L. 1985-89
San Francisco N.L. 1990
Los Angeles N.L. 1991

An exuberant on-field general with a signature smile who was known for clutch hitting and rock-solid defense over 19 seasons. His tireless work ethic and durability led to the all-time record for total chances by a catcher, and National League records for games caught, putouts and years leading the league in putouts. An 11-time All-Star, twice the Game MVP. Earned three Gold Glove Awards and clubbed 324 home runs. A catalyst for the Expos first postseason berth in 1981 and a key to the Mets 1986 World Championship.

Gary Carter Bio
Born: April 8, 1954 at Culver City, California
Height: 6-2 Weight: 205
Batted right and threw right
A rugged receiver and enthusiastic on-field general, Gary Carter excelled at one of baseball's most demanding positions, as both an offensive and defensive force. A three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Carter belted 324 home runs in his 19-season Major League career. Kid showed a knack for the big-time, twice earning All-Star Game MVP Awards in his 11 selections. His clutch 10th-inning single in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series sparked a dramatic Mets comeback victory, ultimately leading to a World Series title.
Remembering Gary Carter
“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, Baseball Hall of Fame 
“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.” – Jeff Idelson, Hall of Fame President
Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven: "We both grew up in Southern Cal, though he was 3-to-4 years younger than I was. He was a great ballplayer and a tremendous family man, and I'll miss him."
Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk: "We had a lot in common, from family to our profession. He endured a lot as a catcher, as did I. And making it to the Hall of Fame was over the top for Gary, as it has been for me. We knew each other for more than 30 years, he meant a lot to me. I'm crushed by his passing."
Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver: "Nobody loved the game of baseball more than Gary Carter. Nobody enjoyed playing the game of baseball more than Gary Carter. He wore his heart on his sleeve every inning he played. For a catcher to play with that intensity in every game is special."
Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams: “Johnny Bench was the No. 1 catcher of the 70s. Gary Carter (was) the No. 1 catcher of the 80s.”
“It’s nice to know that even though my body feels like an old man now, I will always be a kid at heart.” – on his election to the Hall of Fame

“I try to emphasize what’s good in life: The Lord, playing ball, my family, meeting people and good health.”
“My goal in life is to be No. 1. No one remembers who’s No. 2.”
On the web: Visit <> to view Gary Carter’s Hall of Fame Induction Speech, a video tribute and his Hall of Fame plaque.


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