New Yorkers on Thursday mourned legendary Mets catcher Gary Carter, who died at age 57 after battling brain cancer for several months. NY1’s Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Gary Carter’s hit with two outs in the 10th inning of game six of the 1986 World Series started the comeback against the Red Sox, which led to the ball rolling through Bill Buckner's legs. The rest is history.
"The Mets would not have won the world series in 1986 were it not for Gary Carter," said WFAN host Ed Randall.
"He was a hero to so many people," said one New Yorker.
Fans in Queens are in mourning. On Thursday, a marquee at Citi Field displayed the message, "We remember Gary Carter.
"He just brought so much energy and excitement to the team. You know, he was a fan favorite," said one Mets fan.
He was known as "The Kid," owner of an infectious smile.
"He was a great catcher, and also not that just personality, a real solid guy," said one New Yorker.
Born in Culver City, California, Gary started his career in 1972 with the Montreal Expos.
In 1985, the Golden Glove player was traded to the Mets to anchor a young pitching staff and belt the ball.
"He was a great teammate," said Wally Bachman, former Mets second baseman. "Great player, always positive. When we were losing, he’d say ‘let’s go, we can win this.’"
He hit 324 career home runs and drove in more than 1,200 runs. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 2003.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a statement that said in part, “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.”
“He was about effort and diligence and perseverance,” said Randall.
“They got a good catcher in heaven right now,” said one Mets fan.
After enduring nine knee operations during his playing career, a battle with brain cancer killed Carter at the age of 57.
He leaves behind three children and his high school sweetheart, Sandy, his wife of more than 30 years.