Gary Carter, the effervescent Hall of Fame catcher whose single for the Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died Thursday. Nicknamed “Kid”, Carter was an 11-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner. His career spanned 21 years, 19 of which were spent with the Montreal Expos (1974–1984, 1992), but it’s his time with the Mets (1985–1989) that he will always be remembered for.
His bottom-of-the-10th single in Game 6 of the 1986 Series helped the Mets mount a charge against the Boston Red Sox and eventually beat them.
After retiring from baseball, Carter coached baseball at the college and minor-league level. He was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, and died on February 16, 2012 of brain cancer at age 57.