Mets Hall of Fame Catcher Gary Carter Dies at 57

By Tom Liddy on February 16, 2012 7:53pm | Updated on February 16, 2012 7:56pm

MANHATTAN — It was a sad end for the Kid.

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, who helped propel the Mets to their 1986 World Series win, died Thursday after a battle with brain cancer.

Carter, 57, had battled the ailment for months since being diagnosed last May, but his condition worsened in January. 

“For Mets fans, Gary Carter was more than just a Hall of Fame catcher and slugger. He was a fan favorite – an on-the-field leader of a memorable championship team and an off-the-field philanthropist who gave back to the community, even long after his playing days ended," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a statement.

During his 19-year career, Carter racked up 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

The California native only spent five of his years with the Mets after starting his career with the Montreal Expos in 1974.

But it was during that time that he made his mark, leading the Amazins' to a come-from-behind win in the 1986 World Series.

"His clutch hitting ignited one of the most incandescent moments in New York sports history: the Mets’ improbable come-from-behind, extra-innings victory in the sixth game of the 1986 World Series," said Bloomberg.

Carter, who helped inspire a new generation of Mets fans, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

"When he went into the Hall of Fame in 2003, he said, ‘I will always be a kid at heart.’ And he was," Bloomberg said. "As a ballplayer and later as an education philanthropist, Gary exemplified the never-give-up spirit of our city – a spirit that ‘the Kid’ gallantly showed right up to the end. It’s why we’ll always remember him.”

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