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February 17, 2012 |
Gary Carter, a Hall of Fame catcher from Fullerton who helped lift the New York Mets to a dramatic victory over the Boston Red Sox in the 1986 World Series, died Thursday in Florida. He was 57 and had brain cancer. Nicknamed "Kid" for his grit and youthful exuberance, Carter was an 11-time All-Star who hit .262 with 324 home runs and 1,225 runs batted in during 19 seasons playing for the Montreal Expos, Mets, San Francisco Giants and Dodgers. His goal to become a major league manager unfulfilled, Carter was coaching at Palm Beach Atlantic University near his Florida home last May when he experienced headaches and forgetfulness and was diagnosed with brain cancer.
June 28, 1994 |
Carter played only one season in Los Angeles, 1991, but he got into 101 games while platooning with fellow catcher Mike Scioscia. The former three-sport standout at Sunny Hills High in Fullerton was signed as a free agent the next year by Montreal--where he had begun his career in 1974--and retired at the end of the 1992 season having caught more games, 2,056, than any other player in National League history. Carter, 40, lives in Florida and is the color commentator on the Marlins' telecasts.
August 2, 2011 |
Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter received some positive news regarding his cancer treament, his daughter reported on the family website. An MRI exam revealed that Carter's brain tumors are "80 percent better," Kimmy Bloemers , Carter's daughter, wrote on the website, ESPNNewYork.com reported Tuesday. She added that there is much less swelling and the tumors are less dense. Carter is scheduled to start treatment that will require five days of chemotherapy in a pill form.
February 16, 2012 |
"February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver. Bad news on the doorstep …" Don McLean sang those words in his classic song, "American Pie," as he reflected on the plane-crash death of rock star Buddy Holly. Bad news hit the step again Thursday with sad news of Gary Carter's death, from cancer, at age 57. February, again, made us quiver. Long ago, Carter used to deliver the news, good and bad, on his bike. You may remember Carter as a Hall of Fame catcher for the Montreal Expos and New York Mets and a signature player in the classic 1986 World Series.
January 23, 1991 |
Gary Carter, 36, accepted the Dodgers' invitation to spring training Tuesday, agreeing to sign a one-year, $500,000 contract if he makes the team as the backup catcher to Mike Scioscia. The 11-time all-star was allowed to leave the San Francisco Giants as a free agent last year after hitting .254 in 244 at-bats with nine home runs and 27 runs batted in. Carter will compete for the backup job with Barry Lyons, who had been his backup on the New York Mets.
October 14, 1988
New York Mets catcher Gary Carter, who hit .222 (6 for 27) in the National League playoff loss to the Dodgers, was baseball's highest-paid player this season with earnings of $2,360,714, according to a survey by USA Today. Carter's income included $200,000 in bonuses, and he was 1 of 11 major leaguers to earn $2 million or more. Seventy-one players earned at least $1 million. St. Louis shortstop Ozzie Smith was No. 2 on the list with earnings of $2,340,000.