Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter Dead at 57 — Relive His Iconic Moments [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]’
Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, nicknamed ‘The Kid’ for the enthusiastic manner in which he played baseball, died Thursday. Carter was 57. He had been diagnosed with malignant brain tumors in May of last year. In his 19-year major league career with the Expos, Mets, Giants and Dodgers, Gary Carter had 324 home runs, 2,092 hits, three Gold Gloves and was an 11-time all-star.
Here are five of the greatest moments of Gary Carter’s career:
With the Mets down two runs to the Red Sox in Game 6 of the1986 World Series, Carter’s two-out single in the bottom-of-the-10th inning started the rally that culminated when Mookie Wilson’s ground ball through Bill Buckner’s legs plated the winning run. The Mets won the World Series in Game 7. You can see Carter’s clutch hit at 0:33 of this clip.
All-Star Game Homers
Carter was named MVP of the MLB All-Star game in both 1981 and 1984. Carter hit two home runs in the 1981 game at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. In 1984, Carter’s home run at Candlestick Park in San Francisco gave the National League a 2-1 lead that it never relinquished. Here’s his second home run in the 1981 game.
In Game 5 of the incredibly exciting 1986 National League Championship Series against the Astros, Carter singled to score Wally Backman in the 12th-inning, giving the Mets a 2-1 win.
Welcome to New York
In his first game as a member of the Mets on April 9, 1985, Carter hit a walk-off home run off Neil Allen of the Cardinals in the bottom of the 10th inning to give New York a 6–5 victory on Opening Day.
Carter returned to the Expos for the 1992 season. In what turned out to be Carter’s final at-bat, he ripped a double to score Larry Walker with the game’s only run in the Expos’ 1-0 victory over the Cubs.