Thursday February 16 2012- Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has died after a long battle with a malignant brain tumor. Carter was 57.
Nicknamed the "Kid" due to his effervescent personality, his exuberance, and enthusiasm, Carter was an 11 time All-Star and over a 19-year career hit .262, with 324 home runs and 1225 RBI's. Carter played with the Montreal Expos, whom he led to their only playoff appearance, the New York Mets with whom he won the World Series, starting a two-out rally in game 6 that allowed the Mets to tie the series, then come back and win game 7 and the World Series.In the series Carter amassed 9 RBIs second all-time for a seven-game series.
Carter also spent time with the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was also a two-time winner of the All-Star game MVP, homering twice in the 1981 game the first game back after a two month long strike. Carter set the NL record for games caught and was a Clemente award winner.
Never a statistical powerhouse, Carter was an outstanding field general and clubhouse leader. Elected to the Hall of Fame on the strength of his intangibles and personality as much for his on field contributions, Carter was the epitome of what each fan thought he would be if given the same talent an opportunity. Enthusiasm, energy, hustle never seemed to damper despite nine knee surgeries.
He will be missed by those that loved him and those that love the game.