The Kid Gary Carter
February 28, 2012 by staff
The Kid Gary Carter, Gary Carter led the Montreal Expos to their only playoff appearance in 1981. (Getty)Gary Carter just loved baseball so much. Someone gave him the nickname “The Kid” because he wore his joy and enthusiasm for the game on the sleeves of his uniforms. The Montreal Expos. The New York Mets. The San Francisco Giants. The Los Angeles Dodgers. And Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he was the head coach.
No matter where he was or what he was doing, it was obvious that Carter was in love with baseball.
Carter died on Thursday after suffering from brain cancer. His daughter Kimmie Bloemers published an announcement on a family website. The Hall of Fame catcher, the biggest face of the Expos franchise and a leader among superstars on the World Series champion Mets in 1986, was 57 years old. He hit 324 career homers, made 11 All-Star teams and seemed to have a blast doing every bit of it.
Back in May 2011, we passed along the stunning news, which the New York Daily News first reported, that doctors had found small tumors on Carter’s brain. His condition was always grave, but occasionally there seemed to be glimmers of hope that Carter could outlast his condition a little while longer. Can anyone doubt that he gave it everything he had? It is sad that Carter was ill and it is sad that he is gone. But with death, hopefully there also comes relief. And some peace.
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