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Mets Legend Gary Carter Passes Away at Age 57
Baseball fans across the world are mourning the death of former Mets superstar Gary Carter who passed away at the young age 57 on Thursday, February 16.

Carter was the head coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University when he was diagnosed with brain cancer in May of 2011 after complaining of severe headaches. Carter’s signature moment in baseball came back in game six the 1986 World Series, where he started a two out rally in the tenth inning to beat the Red Sox and forced a game seven. Carter spent 19 stellar years in the majors hitting 324 home runs, knocking in 1,225 runs, making 11 All-Start teams, and winning a world series with the NY Mets in 1986.

Gary Carter also known as the “Kid” was born on April 8, 1954 in Culver City, California and attended Sunny Hills high school. After receiving more than 100 scholarships, Carter signed a letter of intent to play football for UCLA, but instead signed with the Montreal Expos who drafted him in the third round of the 1972 draft. He made his major league debut going 0-4 against the Mets on September 16, 1974, but finished the season batting .407. After eleven seasons in Montreal, the All-Start catcher was traded to the Mets prior to the 1985 season. In his very first game as a Met, the “Kid” hit a tenth inning walk-off home run to beat the Cardinals on opening day. In 1986, Carter helped the Mets win 108 games and win the NL East by 21.5 games en route to the World Series. With the Mets trailing by 2 runs in the tenth with 1 out to go against the Red Sox, Carter sparked a rally with a single that started a comeback for the ages. The Mets went on to win the series the next night in game seven, as the rally lived on to be one of the biggest moments in baseball history.

Carter wrapped up his career with stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and a return to Montreal before retiring in 1992. He was elected into the baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, had his #8 retired by the Expos that same year, and was entered into the Mets Hall of Fame in 2001. Gary Carter was a very charitable person as well; he opened up the Gary Carter Foundation which helps children’s education. As a lifelong Mets fan, this is a huge loss for NYC, because the “Kid” was loved and respected in the Big Apple for his performance in a Met uniform. The amazing 1986 World Series is memory that will never be forgotten for all of us who were fortunate enough to have experienced it. Carter leaves behind his wife Sandy of 35 years and three children.

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