Baseball Hall of Famer and former New York Mets catcher Gary Carter died Thursday at age 57.
Carter had been battling brain cancer since last May.
He made his big league debut in 1972 with the Montreal Expos and was traded to the Mets in 1985.
Affectionately known as "The Kid," Carter was a key member of the 1986 Mets World Championship team, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.
In 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, Carter won three Gold Glove Awards and was named to the All-Star team 11 times.
Statements On Gary Carter's Death
Mets' Chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon, Mets President Saul Katz and Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon: “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. 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.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “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. 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. When he went into the Hall of Fame in 2003, he said, ‘I will always be a kid at heart.’ And he was. 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.”