Former Mets Catcher Gary Carter Passes Away

February 17, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Gary Carter played five seasons for the Mets from 1985–89. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Gary Carter played five seasons for the Mets from 1985–89. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Former Mets catcher Gary Carter passed away Thursday after a long battle with brain cancer. Carter was 57.

Carter played in the majors from 1974–1992 and was with Montreal for 12 of those seasons, but is best known for being the catcher for the Mets when they won the World Series in 1986. In probably his last great season, Carter hit 24 home runs and drove in 105 runs in 132 games for New York that year. The Mets won 108 games in the regular season and defeated Boston in a thrilling seven-game World Series.

Carter was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2003 after hitting 324 career home runs and being named to 11 All-Star teams. A tremendous defensive player as well offensive, Carter won three Gold Gloves in addition to his six Silver Slugger awards.