Gary Carter Youth Enthusiasm Kid
February 28, 2012 by staff
Gary Carter Youth Enthusiasm Kid, Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, whose single for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died Thursday. He was 57.
Carter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May, two weeks after finishing his second season as coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
‘I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 p.m.,’ Carter’s daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote on the family website. ‘This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know.’
Carter was an 11-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner. His bottom-of-the-10th single in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series helped the New York Mets mount a charge against the Boston Red Sox and eventually beat them.
Carter played nearly two decades with the Mets, Montreal, San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He led the Expos to their only playoff berth and was the first player enshrined in Cooperstown wearing an Expos cap.
Carter was known as much for his effervescent personality as his talents at the plate and behind it.
He earned the nickname ‘Kid’ as an eager teen in his first major league camp and the label stuck for the rest of his career, and beyond.
‘An exuberant on-field general with a signature smile who was known for clutch hitting and rock-solid defense over 19 seasons,’ reads his Hall plaque.
The bronze plaque shows him with a toothy grin, too, forever the Kid.
‘Gary was one of the happiest guys in the world every day,’ Mets teammate Mookie Wilson once said.
With curly, blond locks flaring out from beneath his helmet, and a rigid, upright batting stance, Carter was immediately recognizable at the plate.
He was especially enthused during the biggest moment of his career. The powerful Mets were down to their last chance in the `86 Series when Carter stepped up with two outs. No one was on base and New York was trailing Boston 5-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 6.
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