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A Kid in the HOF?

Gary Carter Photo by Icon SMI
Gary Carter Photo by Icon SMI

Gary Carter Photo by Icon SMI

Hey baseball fans!

I realize I haven’t blogged about actual baseball history in about a week and I apologize for that. Today, I will be blogging about one of my favorite catchers of all time. Yes, I am a Yankee fan, but I’m not talking about Yogi Berra or Bill Dickey. I’m also not talking about Mike Piazza, who should be in the Hall of Fame. I’m also not talking about Carlton Fisk or Johnny Bench, but I do like them both a lot. I am talking about the catcher who started the rally in the bottom of the tenth of Game Five of the 1986 World Series, the rally that included Buckner’s Blunder. This catcher is a Hall of Famer and is probably the most prominent Expos Hall of Famer of all time (well, maybe someone else, but I’ll save that for my next post). Ladies and gentleman: Gary Carter!

One of the most exciting and enthusiastic on-field generals in baseball history, Gary “The Kid” Carter excelled at playing the position of catcher both offensively and defensively. An 11-time All Star who played from 1974-1992 with mainly the Expos and Mets, Carter hit 324 home runs and drove in 1,225 runs in his heralded career. The three-time Gold Glove Award winner is considered one of the greatest clutch hitters of all time and eared the All Star Game MVP Award twice. As I mentioned before, his clutch tenth-inning single in Game Six of the 1986 World Series started a legendary Mets comeback, leading them to a Game Six and a World Series win in seven games over the Red Sox. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in his sixth year of eligibility, making him the 14th catcher to be inducted into Cooperstown.

Sadly, Carter died on February 16th, 2012 due to brain cancer at the age of 57, but his enthusiastic behavior and helping hand that helped his teams to victory will never be forgotten in the hearts of baseball fans.

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this post and thanks for reading it. More posts will be coming soon, so check back in a couple of days (but stalk Baseball with Matt like a hawk) for more of “all the buzz on what wuzz.”

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