Latest News/New York: Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, who led the New York Mets to a World Series and was known as “The Kid” for the exuberance he displayed on the field, died on Thursday after battling brain cancer. He was aged 57.
Baseball catcher Gary Carter passes away at 57
An 11-time All-Star, Carter spent the bulk of his 19-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the Montreal Expos where the curly-haired slugger became one of hockey-mad Canada’s most popular athletes.
“The Kid’s contribution to our National Pastime is big, but his heart was even bigger,” Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson said in a statement. “We’ll always remember his caring way, ever-present smile and strong devotion to family, community and the Baseball Hall of Fame.”
A three-time Gold Glove winner, Carter spent his first 11 MLB seasons with Montreal followed by stints win the Mets, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers before returning to the Expos in 1992 to end his career.
Carter played 2,296 games in his career and finished with 324 home runs and 1,225 runs batted in. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, the first player enshrined as a member of the Expos.
Carter was diagnosed last year with an aggressive form of cancer that doctors said was inoperable. He underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment but in January, his family said the tumours had returned.
“It’s a grueling position (catcher),” Carter said during his Hall of Fame induction speech. “My knees will tell you that.
“(But) I can look back and say it’s worth it to be enshrined in Cooperstown.”
While Carter became the boyish face of Canadian baseball it was in New York where he found his greatest success leading the Mets to a World Series in 1986.