Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, the first player to be enshrined in Cooperstown with a Montreal Expos cap, has died after a nine-month battle with brain cancer. Carter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May, two weeks after finishing his second season as coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University.Carter spent the first 11 years of his career with the Montreal Expos. He was traded to the Mets in 1984, where he spent five seasons and helped New York to a World Series championship in 1986.
Carter was responsible for starting the famous two-out-tenth-inning-rally that brought the Mets back from a 5-3 deficit to win Game 6 of the 1986 World Series over the Red Sox. Said Carter:
"I wasn't going to make the last out of the World Series."
Carter singled, and two hits and a Bill Buckner error later, the Mets had rallied to stun Boston to force a Game 7, which they went on to win.After being released by the Mets in 1990, Carter signed with the Giants as a free agent. He played in 92 games for San Francisco, where he shared catching duties backing up starter Terry Kennedy.
Carter hit .254 with 27 RBI and nine homers that season, and the Giants finished in third place in the NL West. Carter played two more seasons, one with the Dodgers and a final season with his original team, the Montreal Expos.
For his 19-year career, Carter was a .262 hitter with 324 home runs and 1225 RBI.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement Thursday:
Driven by a remarkable enthusiasm for the game, Gary Carter became one of the elite catchers of all-time. The Kid was an 11-time All-Star and a durable, consistent slugger for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets, and he ranks among the most beloved players in the history of both of those franchises. Like all baseball fans, I will always remember his leadership for the 86 Mets and his pivotal role in one of the greatest World Series ever played. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Garys wife Sandy, their daughters Christy and Kimmie, their son D.J., their grandchildren, his friends and his many fans.The Associated Press contributed to this report