February 16, 2012

Gary Carter (1954-2012)

It's one of those stories you hate to read...but catching great Gary Carter has passed away following his public battle with brain cancer.

He was 57.

"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."

"The Kid" played 19 years in the Majors...primarily for the Montreal Expos and New York Mets. He finished his career with 2092 hits, 324 home runs and, of course, that 1986 World Series ring.

And when he retired in 1992...he had caught more games than any other National League player.

I had a chance to talk with Carter shortly after he finished up his first season as the head coach of the Palm Beach Atlantic University Men’s Baseball team and asked him what his most memorable travel experience was.

His answer?

"Probably (going) to the White House after we won the 1986 World Series or maybe my first All-Star game in Milwaukee," the 11-time All-Star said, "the excitement and anticipation was overwhelming."

Something tells me his trip to Cooperstown was memorable as well. 

In 2003, Carter became the first player to enter The Hall of Fame wearing an Expos cap on his plaque.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Kid ..Your career was great ...but the way you lived your life was what is most memorable ! RIP