Thursday, 16 February 2012

Gary Carter dies at 57; baseball Hall of Famer

Gary Carter, who was raised in Fullerton and played for the Montreal Expos, Mets, Giants and Dodgers, had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in May. A catcher, he had a key hit in the 1986 World Series and also was known for his exuberance.Gary Carter, a Hall of Fame catcher from Fullerton who helped 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.

Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson announced the death of Carter, who was 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 18 seasons playing for the Montreal Expos, Mets, San Francisco Giants and Dodgers.

His goal to become a major league manager unfulfilled, Carter was managing at Palm Beach Atlantic College near his Florida home last May when he experienced headaches and forgetfulness and was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Born April 8, 1954, in Culver City, Carter was raised in Fullerton. His father, Jim, was an aircraft worker, and his older brother, Gordon, played two years in the Giants' minor league system.

Carter told Sport magazine that a turning point in his life was the death of his mother when he was 12. Inge Carter suffered from leukemia and died when she was 37.

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