Friday, February 17, 2012

Gary Carter

Gary Edmund Carter (April 8, 1954 – February 16, 2012), nicknamed "Kid", was an American professional baseball catcher whose career spanned 21 years, 19 of which were spent with the Major League Baseball (MLB) Montreal Expos (1974–1984, 1992), New York Mets (1985–1989), San Francisco Giants (1990), and Los Angeles Dodgers (1991). Carter had 2,092 hits, 324 home runs, and a .262 batting average during his career; he was named an All-Star 11 times, and was a member of one World Series championship team.

Born and raised in California, Carter began his career with the Expos, who drafted him in the 3rd round of the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft. After spending two seasons playing for minor-league teams, Carter made his MLB debut in 1974; he remained with the team for ten seasons before he was traded to the Mets. Carter won a World Series championship with the Mets in 1986, when he hit a game-winning single against the Houston Astros in game five of the National League Championship Series. In the final years of his career, Carter had one-year stints with the Giants, Dodgers, and Expos before retiring in 1992.

After retiring from baseball, Carter coached baseball at the college and minor-league level. He was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, and died on February 16, 2012 of brain cancer.

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