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Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter passes from brain cancer

One of the first things you noticed about Gary Carter when he played was the dirty uniform, it was always dirty. There wasn’t a game that those orange and blues weren’t packed with the stains of the game, and that is the way ‘The Kid’ played-with heart, passion and determination.

“On behalf of everyone at the Mets, we extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Gary’s family — his wife Sandy, daughters Christy and Kimmy and son D.J.  His nickname ‘The Kid’ captured how Gary approached life,” said Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon through an official press release. “He did everything with enthusiasm and with gusto on and off the field.  His smile was infectious. He guided our young pitching staff to the World Series title in 1986 and he devoted an equal amount of time and energy raising awareness for a multitude of charities and community causes.  He was a Hall of Famer in everything he did.”

That same type of determination was needed last May, when Carter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. In spite of bringing that same heart and fire, it was announced that the Hall of Fame catcher passed away at the age of 57.

Carter, who was the spark-plug of the Mets World Series Championship in 1986, was an 11-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glover and a five-time Silver Slugger.

Most importantly though, was the calming spirit and knowledge that Carter brought to the plate that helped young-starters Doc Gooden and Ron Darling through a very tough National League schedule.

Fans always appreciated the way that Carter played, as one could tell the sheer joy, fire and determination in which ‘The Kid’ played.  Carter just did what it took to help his team win the game, and that is something that the Mets-faithful always appreciate.

‘The Kid’ hit 324 homers over a 19-year run with the Expos, Mets, Giants and Dodgers, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.

Carter is survived by his wife, Sandy; his daughters, Kimmy and Christy; his son D.J.; and three grandchildren.

Written on February 16, 2012

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