Hall of Fame catcher and New York Mets legend Gary Carter died Thursday as a result of a malignant brain tumor he was diagnosed with last May. He was 57 years old.
Carter’s game saving single for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series kicked off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball.
On the family’s website, Carter’s daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote:
“I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 p.m. 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.
Overall, Carter hit .262 with 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs with the Expos, Mets, San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He set the major league record for putouts by a catcher, a testament to his durability despite nine knee operations.
Carter became a New York legend after the 1986 World Series and he will surely be missed.